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Boy died of police torture, not accident: Rights body

Jaipur: A team from the Centre for Dalit Rights visited the family of 15-year-old Ajay Kumar of Manpur Macheri village in Jaipur district. On October 13, the boy died while under Police custody. Police said the boy jumped off the motorcycle while he was being taken to the police station and died after a truck on the National Highway crushed him.

The fact-finding team from the Centre for Dalit Rights, however, questioned the version offered by police saying that if indeed an accident had occurred, a case ought to have been registered. Besides, why was the truck driver allowed to drive off when policemen were present at the spot?

Advocate Satish Kumar and Chanda Lal Bhairwa, who were part of this fact-finding exercise, said the boy’s father is a daily wage labourer with four sons. While NGO workers claim the boy had only one case of motorcycle theft to his name at Samod village, police say there are eight cases of theft in the boy’s name, with six in Chomu police station alone. One stolen motorcycle has also been recovered from the boy, police say.

“There is nothing registered against the boy at the police station in Chandwaji. Despite that, his family said he would be picked up and beaten. On October 12, determined to put an end to it, the boy met SP (Jaipur Rural) Rameshwar Singh Jat and complained of harassment. When policemen at the local station got to know that the boy had taken a complaint against them, they were very angry. The boy’s brother and other witnesses saw the boy being brutalized at the police station,” said Chanda Lal Bairwa, coordinator of the NGO.

SP (Jaipur Rural) Rameshwar Singh said, “It is an accident case. The family insisted we register a case of murder, so the case was registered under Section 302 (punishment for murder). The CID-CB is investigating this matter too. And a judicial magistrate was present at the post-mortem examination and is conducting a different inquiry.

SHO Amir Hasan of Chandwaji said, “The boy was over 16 years old, he had eight cases of theft in his name. Most were of vehicle lifting. One stolen motorcycle was even recovered from him. After he made the complaint to the SP, I asked investigation officer Makhan Lal, who is probing a case of motorcycle theft and whom the family is accusing of torturing the boy, to bring the boy to me. It was while two policemen were bringing him to me that the accident occurred. Policemen were not immediately able to record the number of the truck that struck the boy as he tried to run across the National Highway. With the boy injured, their priority was to take him to hospital.” The boy died while under treatment at the ICU of NIMS Hospital on the Jaipur-Delhi Road.

Babu Lal, the boy’s uncle, told TOI, “He had stopped going to school, as the police had been getting after him for about 20 days. He would run away in fear. On October 13, a policeman and one other person came to take him away. His mother followed them. She pleaded that they let him go on hearing him scream inside but policemen asked if they should call women police to deal with her. We got him back dead – a healthy boy of 15.”

Source : timesofindia

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