Nine policemen suspended over alleged custodial death

Nine policemen were Thursday suspended and three others, including a station house officer, taken off active duty in connection with the alleged custodial death of a teenaged dalit boy in Loni police station here.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 21:18 PM IST

Ghaziabad: Nine policemen were Thursday suspended and three others, including a station house officer,
taken off active duty in connection with the alleged custodial
death of a teenaged dalit boy in Loni police station here.

Family members of Rishi Kumar, 19, had yesterday
staged a road blockade claiming he was beaten to death after
being tied to a lamp post in police station.

SSP Raghubir Lal, who first defended the policemen
saying that the victim was beaten up by public and had died on
way to a hospital, later placed nine policemen under
suspension.

Three officers -- SHO Avnish Gautam and two
sub-inspectors Ajai Kumar and Avdesh Kumar -- were transferred
to police line.

The SSP has also written to Inspector General of
Police, Meerut zone, Chander Prekash to conduct an inquiry.

A departmental inquiry will be conducted by circle
officer, Sahibabd, Rajiv Kumar, officials said.

PTI