Mumbai: Investigations into the death of a suspected thief, Naushad Khan, in the Chembur police lock-up have revealed that he died because of head injuries sustained before the police picked him up. There were allegations that Khan was tortured to death by two police constables, both of whom were suspended.
While crime branch officers have now booked head constable Dilip Sawant and constable Sanjay Dhalethe for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, they maintain that Khan was not tortured to death. Khan was picked up from his Govandi home on March 15 and taken to the Chembur police lock-up in a theft case.
Two other accused present in the detection room had alleged that the constables tortured Khan. The police had maintained that he had banged his head against a wall and died of self-inflicted injuries. He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
“A detailed forensic examination of Khan’s viscera showed that there was a lot of alcohol in his stomach on the day he was picked up. We have independent (civilian) witnesses who had seen a drunk Khan fall (before being detained) and sustain severe head injuries. The autopsy report states that he died because of these injuries,” said an officer. The officer had no answer when TOI asked him why the policemen had not taken an injured Khan to hospital before bringing him to the police station. Khan’s initial autopsy report stated that he was tortured to death as there were deep wounds all over his body.
THE CASE Naushad Khan was picked up from
his Govandi home on March 15 and taken to the Chembur police lock-up in a theft case. He later died
Two other accused present in the detection room had alleged that two constables tortured Khan
The police claimed that Khan died of self-inflicted injuries. The two constables were suspended
The crime branch has now booked the two cops for voluntarily causing grievous hurt but maintains that Khan was not tortured to death
The Times of India, July 10, 2013