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Cops face arrest in custody death case

A Nawada court issued arrest warrants against two police officers for their alleged involvement in a custodial death two years ago.

The warrants were issued on Thursday against Devendra Choudhary, now an inspector in Darbhanga, and Jyoti Basu, a sub-inspector of police in Jehanabad district. They have been accused of inflicting third-degree torture on Manoj Yadav, a plumber in Nawada, in January 2012.

Manoj was found dead in a wheat field in VIP Colony under the jurisdiction of Nawada Town police station on January 15, 2012. Dayanand Yadav, the victim’s father, accused then deputy superintendent of police Sanjay Kumar Singh, inspector Choudhary and sub-inspector Basu of inflicting third-degree torture on his son in police custody.

Police sources said the case was handed over to the criminal investigation department. Prima facie, the allegations were found to be true and investigating officer Yamuna Prasad submitted a report to the Nawada court around a fortnight ago, requesting arrest warrants to be issued against Choudhary (then station house officer of Nawada Town police) and Basu.

A senior officer monitoring the investigation said: “The copies of the arrest warrant have been sent to the police chiefs of the districts concerned. If they fail to comply with the order, an order of attachment of property would be issued.”

Manoj was taken into custody on January 11, 2012 for interrogation related to the murder of Sanjay Kumar Burma, a goldsmith killed on September 30 the previous year. Burma’s cellphone was found with Manoj, who did not have any criminal antecedents.