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35-year-old man found dead in police custody in a few hours of arrest in Tripura

Police had allegedly beaten him in the house itself while the family members declined Jamal’s late-night detention.

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Agartala: A 35 years old man identified as Jamal Hossein of Kalapana village of Monarchak area was found dead in the police custody of Sonamura police station under Sepahijala district in West Tripura early this morning.

The police claimed that he might have suffered from sudden cardiac arrest, as he was taken to hospital following his complaint of chest pain and doctors sent him back to custody after medication.

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However, the deceased family alleged that Jamal was murdered by police in custody because he didn’t have any medical history of such illness and he was quite okay when picked up from the house at around 12.30 am.

Police had allegedly beaten him in the house itself while the family members declined Jamal’s late-night detention.

According to police, an hour after his arrest with a due medical check-up, Jamal was complaining of chest pain and immediately he was taken to a local hospital. Thereafter, he was referred to Melaghar sub-divisional hospital but doctors found nothing serious and released him after some time and police brought him again to custody.

In the morning, he was found lying on the floor of the lock-up and he was not responding to the police call. Immediately, he was taken to hospital and doctors attending him declared him dead.

The family was immediately informed and forensic experts have also visited the spot. Now, the body has been sent for postmortem, the officer-in-charge of Sonamura police station claimed.

The deceased sister Ajufa Khatun alleged her brother was killed in the custody, as he was refused to go to the police station at night and the parents have also requested police that they would bring him to the police station in the early morning.

The policemen got angry and beat him in front of the family members and also, had uttered that he will be given a lesson in custody for arguing with police.

“My brother worked in Dubai and two months ago he came home and on Sept 22 next he was scheduled to return. The police suddenly stormed our house referring to a five years old case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and assaulted him in front of us and warned us to kill him. We were threatened not to go to the police station at night, otherwise, all our family will face the consequence,” Ajufa alleged.

She went on complaining if had he been suffered from chest pain, police were duty-bound to inform the family but it was not done, which indicated that it was a cold-blooded murder’. Even if someone told police about chest pain why he was not admitted to the hospital.“The hospital staff are also ganged up in the murder. We want justice and not allow it to go unattended.”

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress leader Subal Bhowmik termed it as ‘custodial murder’ and demanded a judicial enquiry into the death by a sitting high court judge. He said that after the BJP-IPFT government came to power as many as seven incidents of custodial death are reported in the state over the last 42 months but none of the cases was investigated properly, thereby no question of punishment to the accused policemen.

“There is no rule of law existing in Tripura under the Biplab Kumar Deb government where police are working as a paid cadres of the ruling party, torturing people now and then, killing the accused in custody, implicating false cases against the opposition supporters. Media houses are attacked by BJP goons in front of police in daylight and despite specific FIRs nobody is arrested. The conviction rate is reduced to 14 per cent, as police are not doing investigations just to save the ruling party criminals,” Bhowmik added.

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