6 cops suspended over death of suspected thief

6 cops suspended over death of suspected thief

Report sent to National Human Rights Commission

Six policemen attached to the Jeevanbimanagar police station were suspended on Sunday after the death a 42-year-old man who was picked up for questioning on Saturday.

The deceased, Mahendar Rathore, who was picked up in connection with a theft on Saturday, suffered from breathlessness and burning sensation in the chest and was declared brought dead when taken to a private hospital.

The case has been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department. Inspector Hithendra, sub-inspector Rajashekar, head constable Ajaz Ahmed and constables Siddappa, Mohan Ram and Keshava were suspended for dereliction of duty and a detailed inquiry has been ordered against them.

A preliminary report was also submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), police said.

A senior police officer said, “A case has been registered under Section 174 (3) CrPC (mysterious death) and the policemen at the station were questioned and suspended. The post-mortem will be conducted on Monday under the guidance of a  special team of doctors, who will also submit the autopsy report. This report will be submitted to the NHRC. The family members of the deceased are expected to arrive in the City on Sunday night.”

“At around 12.30 am on Sunday, the City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh, Additional Commissioner of Police (East)P  Harishekaran and Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) K V Sharath Chandra, visited the police station and made enquiries with the police personnel. A judicial enquiry will be conducted on Monday,” the officer said.

Based on a complaint filed by Purohit, an official with Bhoruka Steel and a resident of HAL II Stage, the Jeevanbimanagar police filed a case of theft under Section 381 IPC against Mahendar Rathore, a native of Jharkhand.

Around 4.30 pm, the police picked him up for interrogation. At around 7.30 pm, while he was being questioned, Rathore developed breathlessness and chest pain. He was given water but his condition worsened. Police shifted him to Chinmaya Mission Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

Rathore had been working in Purohit’s house for 12 years. On Saturday, Purohit noticed around Rs 3.80 lakh in cash missing from his house. He suspected Rathore and questioned him. When he did not get a satisfactory reply, he approached the police. The officials from the CID said that a team is being formed into investigate the case.
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