Five police personnel were suspended on Tuesday, 29 October, in connection with the alleged custodial death of a 25-year-old man in Mumbai’s Wadala TT police station.
Sanjay Singh had died two days before on 27 October after complaining of chest pain, leading to his kin accusing the police of not providing care in time.
Police refuted the allegations and said family members themselves took the man to hospital, where he died, after he complained of chest pain.
Senior Inspector Rajendra Sangle “Sanjay Singh and his friend were brought to Wadala TT police station on Sunday after he had a scuffle with a couple near RTO here. He complained of chest pain some time later and we asked his family members, who were waiting outside, to take him to Sion hospital.”
Ankit Jayprakash Mishra
“Sion hospital doctors declared him dead on arrival. No one has even touched him. We are awaiting the post mortem report. A probe into the incident is underway,” he added.
However, Singh’s friend, Ankit Jayprakash Mishra, who was with him at the police station, alleged the duty officer and constables hit him and did not provide water when he asked for it.
Mishra also claimed that the policemen on duty took Singh’s complain of a chest pain lightly. Some even mocked him by saying he was acting to evade arrest.
“When he was unable to speak due to the pain, the duty officer asked family members to call for a cab and take him to hospital,” Mishra claimed.
One of Singh’s kin demanded that the police officers present at the station be held responsible for the death, claiming he was denied proper care by them. “He was to get married on November 19. He was working as a medical representative in a pharmaceutical company,” the family members said.
A senior police official said the matter was, for the moment, being treated as a custodial death and allegations of the family members were being probed.