A Dalit youth was found dead in custody on Thursday, triggering anger and protest among locals in Kanpur district. Fourteen policemen were suspended following the incident.
For hours on Tuesday night, Kamal Valmiki was allegedly beaten with rods, abused and humiliated at a police outpost in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, where he had been brought in for questioning over a robbery.
“We were beaten as if we were footballs,” says Kamal’s younger brother Nirmal, who was also interrogated but allowed to go after his brother’s death.
“They said to me – either confess or we will kill your brother,” he claims.
The family members of the deceased filed an FIR against the station in charge and other police personnel for beating Kamal to death.
However, police claimed he had committed suicide and sent the body for postmortem. The police also affirmed the change of the name was a mistake, not deliberate. But a search is also on for the real Raju Mistry, who is missing.
All 14 policemen of the outpost have been suspended and one has been accused of murder. Some of the policemen are missing.
The members of Valmiki community blocked the Kanpur-Lucknow highway and threw stones at the police station following which senior police officials reached there to control the situation. Meanwhile, Raju Mistri has been reported missing.