Custodial death to be investigated by CB-CID also

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 00:18

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government on Tuesday
decided to transfer all cases of custodial death to CB-CID for
further investigation as it felt that investigation by local
police into such incidents was "not justified".

The decision was taken in the wake of a person`s death in
police custody in Sitapur, which turned out to be due to
strangulation, though police had first claimed it to be a case
of suicide.

"The state government has decided that along with the
set procedure, CB-CID will also probe cases pertaining to
death in police custody," secretary (home) Mahesh Gupta told
reporters here.

He said all cases of custodial death reported this year
would now be transferred to the CB-CID for further
investigation.

"The decision was taken as it was felt that investigation
by the local police in a cases related to death in their own
custody was not justified," Gupta said.

Harihar, a Dalit, arrested in connection with a murder
case, died in lockup at Sandana police station in Sitapur on
last Saturday.

Initially, police had claimed that Harihar committed
suicide, but post mortem report revealed that he died due to
strangulation. Later, a case was registered and the station
officer placed on suspension.

In Etah, a 50-year-old man died in custody after he was
picked up by the police.

Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal said
that there were four cases of custodial death in the state so
far.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 00:18

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