Custodial death to be investigated by CB-CID also

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.