Kolkata man dies days after ‘custodial torture’, kin cry foul


Family members of a man, who allegedly died days after custodial torture, have lodged a complaint against the police.

The complaint has been lodged with the Kolkata Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner against Kolkata Police for torturing a detained person.

Dipankar Saha, 44, allegedly died after being tortured for four days in police custody in Azadgarh of the Golfgreen police station area in Kolkata.

However, initially, the police completely denied the allegation, but later senior officials of Kolkata Police promised a proper investigation based on the written complaint of the deceased’s family.

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The family of the deceased claimed that Golfgreen Police Station cops picked up Dipankar last Sunday on a false pretext and beat him up severely.

They said he was admitted to MR Bangur Hospital on Thursday at midnight, but he could not make it.

His body was then sent to SSKM Hospital for post-mortem. According to sources, a three-member probe team has been formed. The entire post-mortem process was videographed.

According to police sources, Saha was an alcoholic. Police claimed that last Sunday, he and his four friends were seen sitting in the neighbourhood after consuming alcohol when the cops picked them up.

Sources claimed that the five people were kept safely in the police station instead of being locked up.

They said the CCTV footage of Golf Green police station has been checked thoroughly. It shows they were in the police station for 30 minutes that night. They were released on Sunday night and all of them left the Golf Green police station safely. Police sources also claimed that their safe exit from the police station was caught on CCTV cameras.

Saha was taken to MR Bangur Hospital for treatment after he complained of illness. He was discharged on the same day. On the next day, he again felt unwell and was admitted to the hospital with some injury marks on Thursday night. He died early the next morning.

Police said, “If he was thrashed on Sunday, how could the man die on Friday, after five days? Also, the wound on the body of the deceased was not four days old.”

On this ground, Kolkata Police have completely denied the allegations against them. The deceased’s brother is an active BJP worker. He was a BJP candidate in the last municipal elections in Kolkata. According to the police, false allegations have been made against them on political pretexts. However, the whole matter is being investigated by Lalbazar. The actual cause of death will be clear after the post-mortem report is available. If any officer is found responsible for his death, prompt action will be taken against him, police said.

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