A 19-year-old SC man, Mohit illegally detained by the UP police died in custody on Sunday. He was detained along with his brother Sonu, over alleged connections to a motorcycle theft gang in Rae Bareilly on Friday.
Mohit and four other people were illegally detained for more than 24 hours by the police and Sonu alleged that Mohit was tortured in custody.”They picked up me and my brother. They kept on asking him where are the keys. The thrashed Mohit very badly in the police station,” said Sonu, who was later let off. Locals protested after news about Mohit’s death broke which led to the suspension of the station in charge.
The police has however denied the claims of torture and said that he was taken to the hospital after he fell ill and died there, after showing symptoms similar to COVID-19. “Prima facie we have found that the accused were kept in illegal detention in the police station for over 24 hours and we have suspended the police station in-charge because they should not have detained the accused illegally for over two days,” a senior police official said admitting the illegal detention.
Further investigation is underway after the family registered a complaint against two of the policemen involved.