The Leaflet

| @theleaflet_in | October 17,2019

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ATIONAL Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP), taking a sou moto cognizance of media reports about death of a man after he was brutally assaulted in police custody in Pilkhuwa area of Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh.

The commission asked both the authorities to submit detailed reports within four weeks.

The victim died in police custody on October 13 after he was brutally assaulted during interrogation in connection with a murder case.

NHRC has asked Chief Secretary Uttar Pradesh to ensure the safety and security of the victim’s family.

According to the media reports, the victim Pradeep Tomar left home in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilkhua, telling his wife that his younger brother’s motorcycle had a tyre puncture, and that he would be home soon after helping out. The victim took his 11-year-old son along. On way, he was picked up by the police for questioning.

He was allegedly punched, hit with planks of wood, given electric shocks and pierced with a screwdriver. A purported video of the victim’s body showed deep bruise marks on his posterior and left arm and stab wounds all over the body.

Reportedly, victim’s son said that the policemen first abused him and then started beating him. “The victim kept begging them not to beat him and asked them what he had done wrong but they kept hitting him,” the 11-year-old son of the victim stated, alleging that he was also slapped by the police.

He further alleged that a policeman even put a gun in his mouth, warning him not to speak to anyone about what he had seen.

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