Suspended 'Dalit-killer' cops escape

Jaipur, July, 23 : In a case where men in khakhi showed the way to goons, four policemen, including a SHO, who had been put under protective custody after a Dalit youth died while being interrogated by them at Guda Engla police station of Pali district recently, have fled.

The district police's "best team" of officials is after them since they were reported missing from police lines on July 14, but the accused policemen have managed to remain elusive.

The four policemen were among the six who had been suspended and put under protective custody at police lines after they allegedly detained one Rahul Kumar (20). Rahul died allegedly in police custody.

"Due to the public anger and murder case lodged against the six policemen, we had ordered an enquiry into the incident. If the charge is proved, we would have arrested them. To keep them under watch, they had been placed under protective custody," SP, Pali, Ajay Pal said.

He added the four of them are missing since the day after they were detained on July 13.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot had ordered an administrative inquiry as well as a magisterial inquiry into the incident. He also ordered immediate suspension of SHO Bharat Dewasi and five other policemen. A compensation of Rs 7 lakh, an LIG category house for the family and a government job to one of the family members of the deceased have also been announced.

Hundreds of people gathered at the district collectorate and demanded action against the staff of the Gudha Engla police station and demanded compensation for the family.

"We have put together our best team of police officials to trace the four men. We hope to nab them soon," the officer said.

A senior officer has been suspended due to the negligence. "The responsibility of keeping watch on the six policemen was on the DySP Budhadev. He has been suspended for negligence," the officer added.

It is believed the district police tried its best to cover up the report of the policemen's escape, but as it came out on Friday, angering local people.


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