32-year-old man dies in police custody

By 28th January 2018 0 Comments

Mystery shrouds the death of Sewa Singh (32), a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar in Verka, who allegedly died in police custody. While the family members alleged that he was tortured to death, police officials maintained that his condition deteriorated during question and he was taken to a hospital where he died during treatment. The police refuted the allegations of torture to the deceased.
A judicial probe has been ordered into the incident. A medical board was also constituted for the postmortem examination of the deceased.
Harbhajan Singh, father of the deceased, said the Verka police took away his son at around 5.30 am today and informed at around 9 am that Sewa Singh had died in a hospital. He alleged that his son was detained by the police over baseless allegations. He said when he along with other residents of the area went to the police station, they were told that he was detained for questioning in connection with some case and he had been taken to the city. He alleged that the police tortured his son to death. He said Sewa Singh was in good health. After the incident, when the people started gathering outside the Verka police station, heavy police force was deputed.
The family said it was not aware why he was taken away. Even the police are tight-lipped over the reason behind his detention.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (City-I) JS Walia said Sewa Singh was among the six persons taken away by the Verka police. During questioning, Sewa Singh started feeling uncomfortable and was taken to a hospital where he died during treatment. After listening to the family members and residents of the area, a judicial probe has been marked in this connection. He said a medical board had also been constituted for the autopsy. He said if anybody found guilty, appropriate action would be taken.

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