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Action for custody death

The officer-in-charge of Thakurpukur police station has been showcaused and two cops have been suspended for the suicide of an accused in the lock-up. Departmental proceedings have also been started against two other cops.

Debotosh Basak, the OC, has been asked to explain why action would not be taken against him for the death of Buddha Sardar, 20, who was found hanging from a grille mesh on the lock-up’s only window on Sunday.

Sardar was arrested on the charge of snatching a chain from a woman at Behala Chowrasta on Saturday night. He was remanded in police custody the next day.

An inquiry has held the negligence of assistant sub-inspector Dilip Barman and constable Bharat Tudu responsible for Sardar’s death, an officer said. “The lock-up was under the supervision of Barman and Tudu. They have been suspended,” the officer said. “The two policemen said they could not prevent Sardar’s death as the police station was plunged into darkness following a power cut.”

The other two cops against whom departmental proceedings have started are sub-inspector Supradimoy Mukherjee and constable Uttam Ghosh. “Mukherjee was the duty officer at the police station. Tudu and Ghosh were on duty outside the lock-up when the accused was found hanging,” said an officer.

Sources said Basak is likely to be transferred. “He cannot wash his hands of the matter. Lock-ups at police stations are under CCTV surveillance, monitored from the OC’s room,” said another officer.