Fury over youth’s death in UP police custody (India)

Shooting Deathall credits: India Today
published: 14th November 2011

A 22-year-old youth allegedly died in police custody on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district. At least 40 villagers, including 12 women, who were protesting against Ranjeet Maurya’s death – one more in a series of such incidents – sustained serious injuries when the police used force to quell the agitation.

Ranjeet, from Thakarwa village, was picked up by the police late on Saturday for involvement in a minor scuffle with some affluent villagers over a piece of land. The police informed Ranjeet’s family the next morning that he had hanged himself to death in the lock-up.

The incident took place at the Thakarwa police outpost of Nighasan Police station where a 14-year-old Muslim girl was allegedly raped and killed this June by the policemen on duty.

SP Amit Chandra said on Ranjeet’s death: “While the policemen claim he committed suicide, the villagers insist they killed him. In any case, the police officers had kept Ranjeet in illegal custody.”

“The in-charge of the outpost and two constables who were on duty on Saturday night have been suspended,” he added.

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