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Fair probe assured into Dalit youth’s death

03, Sep 2015
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BARABANKI, September 3, 2015
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman P. L. Punia on Wednesday assured that it would conduct an inquiry into the death of a Dalit youth in police custody in Dewa Kotwali area.
“The commission is in the know of the incident. It will conduct an impartial inquiry, fix charges and take action against the guilty,” he said.
Talking to reporters after meeting victims of alleged police atrocities in the area, Mr Punia rejected the police claim that 25-year-old Subhash Rajvanshi committed suicide in the lock-up.
“From the eyewitnesses’ account, it seems that the victim was first assaulted at Mati outpost and later at Dewa police station. Then on the behest of an informer, he was killed,” he said.
Rajvanshi’s body was found hanging from an iron grill at Dewa police station on August 30. The victim’s kin have alleged that the youth died due to custodial torture.
The youth was arrested on charges of lifting a motorcycle and his death had triggered violence, with angry protesters torching the police station and vandalising police vehicles.


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