Hanged with spout and shirt, the girl jumped from the barracks… UP Police under question on custodial death
A case of death has come to light after a girl jumped from the roof of the women’s barrack of Vijaygarh police station in Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. This case has once again raised questions on the policies of the Uttar Pradesh Police Administration. For the third time in the last one month, the policy of the police administration is under question. The police, who went to nab the history-sheeter in Chandauli, have been accused of lynching his 19-year-old daughter. At the same time, in Lalitpur, a case of rape came to light with the gangrape victim in the police station itself. In this case, after the allegation on the SHO, he has been arrested. Now a case of suicide in custody in Aligarh has come to the fore.
In cases of death in police custody, the UP Police has been facing serious allegations. In Aligarh itself, on May 1, a case of death in police custody came to light. A fight broke out between the two parties in Jamuka village of Chandaus area. Police reached there after getting information. On seeing the police, there was a stampede. About 55-year-old Sagir of the accused side was caught by the police after being chased in the field and brought to the police station. During this Sagir died. The family kept accusing the police of beating Sagir. At the same time, while bringing it to the Aligarh police station, he kept telling the matter of death. Now a case of a young woman jumping from the roof of the women’s barracks of Vijaygarh police station of Aligarh has come to the fore.
What is the whole matter?
On April 28, a case of love affair came to light in Aligarh’s Vijaygarh police station. The girl’s father accused Akash, a resident of Etah, of luring his daughter away. The father told the age of the daughter as 16 years. Police registered a case and started searching for the girl. In this sequence, on May 5, the Vijaygarh Police got information that the girl and her lover were in Etah. Vijaygarh police raided and recovered the girl. During this her lover fled away. When the police got the girl medically done, she turned out to be 19 years old.
The girl was kept under observation at the women’s barracks of Vijaygarh. Last Tuesday, on the night of May 10, the girl climbed on the second floor of the women’s barrack and jumped from there. He was admitted to the district hospital in serious condition. From there he was taken to JN Medical College. The girl died in the medical college. Police investigation has started. At the same time, a case of abetting her has been registered against Akash, who ran the girl away.
UP is number one in custodial death
Uttar Pradesh is number one in terms of custodial death. The type of cases that have come to the fore over the years has brought the police theory into question. In six years, there have been 2435 custodial deaths in UP. If we look at the data from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, 15 people died in the lockup. At the same time, 350 death cases were reported in police custody.
Between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017, the number of deaths in lock-up decreased, but the number of deaths in police custody increased. During this, 11 cases of death were reported in lockup and 400 in police custody. Between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, there were 10 deaths in lock-up and 390 in police custody. At the same time, between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, there were 12 cases of death in lock-up and 452 in police custody.
When the government became strict regarding the cases of death in the lockup, the effect was visible, but the process of death in police custody could not stop. Between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, there were 3 cases of lock-up and 400 deaths in police custody. At the same time, between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, 8 deaths in UP Police’s lockup and 443 deaths in police custody have raised many questions.
UP continues to be number one in custodial death cases. In the year 2018-19, 464 custodial death cases were reported in UP. At the same time, 115 cases of custodial death were registered in West Bengal, 114 in Bihar and 143 in Tezzbuzz during this period. In the year 2019-20, 403 custodial deaths were reported in UP, 115 in West Bengal, 106 in Bihar and 143 in Tezzbuzz. In the year 2020-21 also, UP remained at number one with 451 custodial deaths. During this period 177 custodial deaths were recorded in West Bengal, 156 in Bihar and 156 in Tezzbuzz.
These four cases raise questions on the theory of the police
After death in police custody, the police have their own different theory. He has raised many questions. Let us try to understand this through these four cases that came in the last years.
Case 1: Death by hanging from the spout of the police station
Police arrested a 21-year-old youth named Altaf in Kasganj in connection with the disappearance of the girl. He was doing tile work in a house. Altaf, who was taken to the police station for questioning on 8 November 2021, did not return alive. The news of his death came on 9 November. The family members alleged that the police took Altaf to the police station on the basis of suspicion and hanged him there. At the same time, the police said in this case that Altaf went to the washroom. He took out the string from his hoodie and tied it in a spout 2 feet high and hanged him. The question arose here that how did Altaf, five and a half feet tall, die by hanging himself in a two-feet high spout?
Case 2: Youth dies in Lakhimpur Kheri
In Lakhimpur Kheri, the family members alleged the death of the youth due to beating of the police. On January 17, youth Rahul was accused of mobile theft by his uncle. The police reached the house of the accused youth and started beating him. Rahul’s mother was told about being released by the police in two-four hours. When she reached the post again, Rahul was sobbing with pain there. When the police did not find anything during interrogation, he let Rahul go. Rahul’s condition worsened and he died on 23 January. The police claimed to have released him safely.
Case 3: Death by hanging from shirt
In Hamirpur, on 28 July 2021, the police arrested 22-year-old Sanjay for questioning in connection with the escape of the girl. He was locked up in the barracks. He died that same night at around 1 am. The family accused the police of Sanjay’s death. At the same time, it was told by the police that Sanjay came out of the lockup on the pretext of the bathroom. He took off his shirt and tied it around his neck and went to the gate. After that he hanged himself from the gate. The police took out the dead body of the youth from the police station overnight and sent it to the post-mortem house. The CCTV footage of the lock up was also not shown. The camera was bad. The question arose that when Sanjay was hanging, why did the policemen present there not stop him?
Case 4: Vegetable vendor dies during corona lockdown
During the second wave of Corona, 18-year-old Faizal, who was selling vegetables for one hour after the scheduled time, was arrested on May 21, 2021 at 4 pm. He was caught by the police from the local vegetable market of Bangarmau. He died in the evening of the same day. The family alleges that after 3 pm, seeing Faizal selling vegetables, the policemen caught him and took him away. Two policemen had made him sit on a motorcycle. He was hit so much that his condition worsened. He was admitted to the hospital and died there. The police said in this case that Faizal was brought to the police station, where his condition deteriorated. The policemen admitted him to the hospital and he died there.