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Youth dies in lock-up

Hazaribagh, Sept. 8: The death of a youth in a police lock-up led to widespread protests in Ramgarh district this morning.

Hundreds of people NH-33 in front of Kujju police station, around 23km from the district headquarters, for several hours demanding action against “guilty” policemen and compensation for the family of rape accused Aajam Hussain (23), a resident of Dumarbera village on Ramgarh-West Bokaro Road, who was arrested last evening.

This morning, police claimed Hussain had committed suicide by hanging himself from the gate of the lock-up and sent the body to Hazaribagh for post-mortem without informing his parents.

Ramgarh superintendent of police Anis Gupta has ordered a probe by a team comprising a senior administrative officer and a DSP. He said action would be taken against anyone found guilty, even as he suspended officer in charge of Kujju police station Basant Kumar and clerk N.K. Jha.

Sources said Hussain was arrested from Sarubera village after a local girl charged him with rape. She alleged Hussain raped her and fled with her mobile phone yesterday.

As news of Hussain’s death reached his village, residents stormed the Kujju thana. When told that the body had been sent to Hazaribagh, 36km away, for post-mortem, the villagers gheraoed the police station.

Soon the agitators blocked NH-33 and demanded action against those responsible. Yunus Perwez, a relative of Hussain, said it was murder, which was being made to look like suicide. “They did not inform us about his death nor did they allow us to see the body,” he said.

As a result of the protest, the highway and connecting roads remained clogged with traffic. Vehicles crawled on the vital link from 11am to 5pm. The blockade was withdrawn only after the villagers heard of the two suspensions.

DC Amitabh Kaushal has sought a report from SDO Deepak Kumar.


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