Undertrial dies in custody; kin hold protest, SIT formed

April 16, 2017 10:25 PM

Punjab News Express/Sameer
PHAGWARA: The Day after strong and noisy protest followed by three hours long dharna before SP Office Phagwara on saturday led by Phagwara MLA Som Prakash and AAP Leader Jarnail NangalSC/ST Commission Punjab Chairman Rajesh Bagha today visited the family of the deceased Under trial Dalit inmate Balbir Ram who reportedly died under mysterious circumstances in Jail Custody on Friday.

Bagha also set up a four members “Special Investigation Team” SIT including Additional Deputy Commissioner Babita Kaler, Deputy Superintendent of the Police Dev Dutt Sharma, Sub Divisional Magistrate Phagwara Balbir Raj Singh and Senior Medical Officer Dr Davinder Singh to find out the causes of the death of the dalit inmate. The Family members of the Dalit deceased alleged before Bagha that one of the cop was demanding Rs One Lakh as bribe for the management of the drugs case imposed upon him.

Notably the deceased Balbir Ram of Basant Nagar, Phagwara, was arrested with 110 gm of intoxicant powder by the Satnampura police on April 9 and lodged in Kapurthala jail. He complained of chest pain and was admitted to the Kapurthala Civil Hospital, but was referred to Jalandhar by doctors due to his deteriorating condition.
The family alleged that Balbir Ram was tortured by the police, while Deputy Superintendent of Police Dev Dutt Sharma denied the charge and claimed that Balbir Ram was a patient of epilepsy and died during medical treatment.
Senior Superintendent of the Police, Kapurthala, Sandeep Sharma and SP Bahadur Singh met the demonstrators and assured them thorough probe.

The SSP said the Satnampura SHO and ASI Shaminder Singh Bhatti had been sidelined from the Satnampura police station till the completion of inquiry. The protesters were demanding immediate suspension of the guilty policemen and compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of the deceased.

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