A case has been filed against the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad for allegedly beating a Dalit man to death on Saturday, 25 June, and forcibly conducting his last rites.
The complaint was filed by the deceased person’s family, who alleged that the police detained the man in the middle of the night and beat him up.
The victim’s brother, Udal, said that the police came to their house between 12 and 1 am and detained Gautam.
“My brother was sleeping downstairs, while I was sleeping on the terrace. My mother came and told me that Gautam has been detained by the police. After that, we rushed to the police station, where there were 12-14 police personnel. They were beating my brother,” he said.
The victim’s brother further added that the police left his body near the house. “When I saw him, he had already died,” he said, adding that Gautam had a wife and three children.
Gautam’s relatives further say that after the post-mortem, his last rites were forcibly conducted by the police at night.
However, Additional Superintendent of Police Ajay Pratap Singh denied these claims, saying that the last rites were performed by the family members themselves.
According to the post-mortem report, injuries have been found in at least four places, including the waist, shoulder and elbow.