Ludhiana: Youth held for vehicle theft dies in judicial custody, kin allege torture


By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |

Published: February 28, 2020 10:07:02 pm





Deepak’s household has alleged that he was brutally assaulted in jail, and that once they had met him in jail on Wednesday, he wasn’t even in a position to stroll correctly.
FOUR DAYS after he was arrested by Ludhiana police for alleged vehicle theft, a 26-year-old man died in judicial custody late Wednesday. His household claimed he died of grievous accidents whereas being tortured at Ludhiana Central Jail. Police mentioned a judicial probe has been ordered in the case.

The deceased was recognized as Deepak Shukla (26) of Mandi Ahmedgarh. Police mentioned he was arrested on February 22 in a vehicle theft case and an FIR was registered towards him at division quantity 5 police station. He was despatched to 2 days’ police remand and on February 24, the court docket despatched him to judicial remand. On Wednesday, his situation deteriorated and he was taken to Civil Hospital, however was declared useless on arrival.

Deepak’s household has alleged that he was brutally assaulted in jail, and that once they had met him in jail on Wednesday, he wasn’t even in a position to stroll correctly.

Rajesh, Deepak’s uncle, additionally alleged that the FIR lodged towards him was false. He claimed that Deepak had bought a automobile through an internet portal however police had claimed it was a stolen vehicle.

He additional alleged that Deepak was “illegally detained” at Kochhar Market police put up since February 11 and it was solely on February 14 that his spouse Preeti bought a name from police that he had been detained. He claimed that ASI Jaskaran Singh, posted at Kochhar Market police put up, had demanded a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh to launch Deepak.

“We gave Rs 25,000 to ASI but he still did not release Deepak and registered FIR against him only on February 22. Court sent him in judicial remand on February 24 but he was taken to jail only on February 25. On Wednesday morning, hours after we met him in jail, we received a call that he had died and his body was in Civil Hospital. When we met him yesterday in jail, he wasn’t even able to walk properly. He also asked us to file a complaint in court that he was tortured,” mentioned Rajesh.

ACP (Civil Lines) Jatinder Singh mentioned Deepak was booked for allegedly stealing three automobiles and two motorbikes, including that the deceased was a part of a ‘vehicle lifting gang’.

“He was sent in judicial remand on February 24 but paperwork was completed too late and the main doors of the jail were closed. So we had to return and took him again to jail on February 25. He was dropped at the jail only after proper medical check-up and he was fine till then. A judicial probe has been marked in the case. Autopsy report will reveal cause of death,” mentioned the ACP, including that the household’s allegations of the ASI taking bribe may even be investigated.

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