UP: Tribal boy dies of assault in custody, three policemen suspended

In a viral video, Rahul’s sister is heard claiming that her brother was summoned to the station on Wednesday, 19 January. There, the police told their mother to leave him, she said.

Three policemen were suspended in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district on Sunday after a group of villagers protested against the death of a 17-year-old Tribal boy. Rahul, a resident of  Indira Nagar village in Sampurnanagar, breathed his last four days after he was brutally beaten in police custody.

Rahul had been taken for questioning by the police on Wednesday, two days after his uncle had lodged a complaint against him on the charges of mobile theft.

The relatives of the tribal boy and other villagers placed the body of the deceased at a crossing in the village and were reportedly protesting against the police.

In a viral video, the protesters displayed the injury marks on Rahul’s body.

In another viral video, Rahul’s sister is heard claiming that her brother was summoned to the station on Wednesday, 19 January. There, the police told their mother to leave him, she said.

“They (policemen) thrashed my brother, who was just 17 years old, brutally. Two days ago, he felt unwell and later complained of stomach ache. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died…,” she said.

Though the police officers refuted the allegation of the deceased’s family, they said a probe has been ordered into the matter.

“A probe has been ordered into the matter, and it will be investigated. If police persons are found guilty, strict action will be taken against them,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Suman said.

The sub-inspector who was in charge of the outpost and two constables had been suspended.