Man held in POCSO case discovered hanging in lock-up; kin declare he was tortured


New Delhi, September 20

A 38-year-old man held in a POCSO case was discovered hanging within the lock-up of the Samaypur Badli police station in Delhi’s Outer North District on Sunday morning, following which his kin accused police of torturing him to demise.

Police, nevertheless, claimed that the person hanged himself with a bedsheet within the lock-up.

Accused Dharmendra was detained in a sexual assault case by the Swaroop Nagar police station on Saturday. Later, he was arrested and shifted to the Samaypur Badli police station the place he was discovered hanging, police mentioned on Sunday.

According to police, the person was in jailed on homicide cost however was out on parole since March. His parole was prolonged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The police mentioned {that a} case beneath Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was registered on the Swaroop Nagar police station after Dharmendra allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old lady in Swaroop Nagar whereas her mother and father had been away on Saturday.

Police claimed that he fled the crime spot and hid at a relative’s home. Later, he was apprehended and dropped at the police station.

Sources mentioned that Dharmendra had requested a policeman posted within the lock-up for meals and because the latter moved out to search for his kinfolk, the person allegedly hanged himself with a bedsheet tied to an iron grill.

“The police tortured him so much that he died; now, they are trying to cook up stories about his hanging. He could not commit suicide. He was tortured to death by police,” mentioned Dharmendra’s nephew Neeraj.

“One of the policemen posted outside the lock-up has been suspended for negligence and the area Magistrate informed by police about the incident. Investigation in the case is in progress,” mentioned Outer North DCP Gaurav Sharma. IANS



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