Barmer SP removed over death of Dalit youth in police custody
Jaipur: Barmer SP Sharad Choudhary was removed from duty and put on awaiting posting orders (APO) in connection with the death of a Dalit youth in police custody. It is alleged that the youth was detained and kept in illegal custody for over 24 hours. The family members accused the cops of torturing him despite the fact that he didn’t have criminal record. They also alleged negligence in getting treatment to the victim.
The victim, identified as Jitendra Khatik alias Jeetu was taken into custody on suspicion that he was buying things from thieves and selling them. No such FIR has been registered with the police station despite that he was taken into custody in the name of interrogation, the family members alleged. As the protests started in Barmer, SP Sharad Choudhary suspended the SHO and removed all members of police station staff; however, he himself was removed and put on APO by government later in the day on Thursday.
The family members said that Jitendra was tortured after he was taken into custody. SHO Deep Singh didn’t bother to take any action even after the death of the victim and got busy with an investigation in another case, the family members said adding that Jitendra was taken to hospital in regular vehicle instead of an ambulance.
The postmortem of the body has not been conducted. A judicial magistrate will investigate the case and the postmortem will be conducted in his presence.