Gorakhpur- A 38-year-old property dealer from Kanpur died. This was after he was allegedly assaulted by policemen who entered his hotel room in Gorakhpur. The incident occured in the early hours of Tuesday.
Six policemen, including the Station House Officer of Ramgarhtal police station, have been suspended. Nevertheless the police are yet to lodge a case.
However the police claimed that Gupta died after a fall in the hotel room. Nevertheless his wife submitted a complaint to the Gorakhpur Superintendent of Police alleging that policemen misbehaved with her husband . When he objected to their behaviour, “he was assaulted, resulting in serious injuries and his death…”
Gorakhpur SP Vipin Tada said that during a check for criminals, police from Ramgarhtal police station went to a hotel. Three suspected youths from different cities were staying in one of the room. The police team went there with the hotel manager. Struck with horror one of the men in the room fell and injured himself. After this, our men got him admitted to a hospital, where he was treated. He died during treatment at BRD Hospital. A panel of doctors will do a post-mortem. An investigation will be carried out to find out why the three men were here.”
victim’s wife’s statement
On Tuesday evening, Gupta’s wife Meenakshi said, “My husband had gone to Gorakhpur for some work. He booked a room in a hotel with two others who were meeting my husband on business. They later told me that my husband was beaten very badly by the policemen.”
She spoke to him and he said that he has to disconnect the call. He was in a state of panic. He then called his nephew and told him that police are torturing him. Also they were taking him to Ramgarhtal police station,added Menakshi. She lived with Gupta and their four-year-old son Aviraj in Kanpur’s Barra area. Meenakshi said that despite her complaint, police were yet to lodge a case.
The other occupant of the room was Pradeep Kumar, 34, a resident of Sector 48 in Gurgaon. said that while the policemen were in the room, Gupta called his wife and a relative, informing them about what was happening. “The policemen then slapped Harveer and pushed him out of the room. Harveer heard a loud thud behind him and saw Manish lying on the floor, with blood oozing from his mouth. Police then took Manish to Mansi Hospital. Since he was critical, he was referred to BRD Medical College.” Kumar said he runs an event management business in Gurgaon.
Gorakhpur SP Tada said six policemen, including Inspector of Ramgarhtal police station Jagat Narayan Singh, have been suspended. “The suspensions were made in connection with the death. The whole incident will be probed by SP North (Manoj Kumar Awasti),” he said.
Gorakhpur (range) DIG J Ravinder Goud told The Indian Express, “A special drive to carry out checks in hotels, dhabas, etc. was on Monday night. At the (Krishna Palace) hotel, one of the men in the rooms collapsed and became unconscious. He was taken to the hospital, but he couldn’t survive. No case has been lodged in the matter yet. The preliminary statement of the hotel caretaker has been taken, and he said the same thing – that the man collapsed.”
The case is still under supervision of higher officials. A solid decision will me made soon enough. Image credits: Wikipedia