Man Dies In Police Custody In Chhattisgarh, Three Cops Suspended

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Man Dies In Police Custody In Chhattisgarh, Three Cops Suspended

Satish Narange's family has alleged that he was brutally thrashed by the policemen.

Raipur:  A 35-year-old man died while he was in police custody in Chhattisgarh's Janjgir-Champa district following which three security personnel, including a Station House Officer (SHO), were suspended, with his kin alleging that he was beaten up by the cop

Satish Kumar Narange, who died on Saturday, was rounded-up, following a complaint of an electricity department official at Mulmula police station, Janjgir-Champa Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.

As per the complaint, Mr Narange, a native of Nariyara village, had created ruckus and damaged some articles at the electricity department office at Mulmula, he said.

After being brought to the police station, the victim complained of uneasiness following which he was shifted to a hospital in Pamgarh where doctors declared him brought dead, the SP said.

Refuting the allegations that Mr Narange died after being beaten up by the police, the SP said the postmortem was being conducted under the supervision of three expert doctors at Pamgarh and the exact cause of death could be ascertained after it.

However, SHO of Mulmula police station Jitendra Singh Rajpoot and two constables have been suspended following the incident, he said.

Besides, the SP in a letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, has urged to appoint a judicial officer to probe his death.

Another police officer on the condition of anonymity claimed that Mr Narange was heavily drunk and started vomiting after he was brought to the police station.

Seeing his deteriorating condition, police personnel took him to Pamgarh community health centre where he was declared brought dead, the official said.

Mr Narange's family members, however, alleged that he was brutally thrashed by the policemen. The residents blocked the Bilaspur-Janjgir-Champ road demanding action against the guilty.

They claimed that Mr Narange had gone to the electricity department to lodge a complaint regarding no power supply in the village due to some technical problem with a transformer from past few days.

Instead of taking up his complaint, they alleged that the department officials called up the police, who then brutally thrashed Mr Narange thus leading to his death.

Security has been stepped up in the region, said the SP.

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