Custodial death: CBI files murder case against railway policemen

CBI has registered a murder case against 10 police personnel who were posted at Wadala Railway Police Station in Mumbai in connection with alleged custodial death of a 24-year old Mumbai resident arrested by them in April this year.

The agency has taken over the case on the direction of the Bombay High Court which had ordered CBI to start a fresh probe into the alleged custodial death of Agnelo Valdaris on 18 April and custodial torture of others, CBI spokesperson said. After conducting an initial inquiry, the agency registered a case against 10 police personnel then posted at Wadala Railway Police Station, Mumbai, and other unnamed persons under IPC sections relating to criminal conspiracy, murder, unnatural offences among others, provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care) and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

The High Court had observed that ‘an attempt was made by police to fabricate evidence’ and directed CBI on 17 June to probe the custodial death Valdaris on the plea of his father.
‘We find that an attempt has been made by police to fabricate the evidence....Your investigation does not inspire confidence,’ said Justices VM Kanade and PD Kode. Agnelo and his three friends were arrested by Wadala railway police for stealing a gold chain and a ring in April. Police claimed he had attempted to flee and was run over by a local train on 18 April while crossing the tracks. However, his father alleged Valdaris died in police custody due to the beating and sought a CBI probe.

The court had said the state government too had shielded the accused as they were policemen.
The three friends of Agnelo, arrested along with him, were the co-petitioners in the case. They were allegedly beaten up and sexually abused while in custody.

Agnelo and others had been picked up by Wadala railway police from their residences on 15 April, 2014 on the suspicion of involvement in a theft.
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