Teenager thrashed by cop dies, residents block NH-1

An 18-year-boy died on Monday after he was allegedly thrashed by a police constable at a Dussehra fair in Outer Delhi’s Narela area last week, even as scores of residents protested against the incident and blocked the the National Highway-1 near Singhu border.

“The constable has been placed under suspension and an enquiry has been initiated into the matter. Further action shall be taken accordingly,” said DCP (Outer) Vikramjit Singh.

The protesters placed the deceased’s body on NH-1 and protested against the police. The victim, Rajan, was allegedly thrashed by a constable, Pramod Kumar (26), posted at the Narela police station, at a Dussehra fair on October 21.

An argument broke out between Rajan and a swing operator at a ticket counter, who alleged that the former had offered him a fake Rs 1,000 note, police said. Kumar, who was deployed at the fair ground, intervened and allegedly beat up Rajan, said a police official. When he collapsed, a police team rushed him to Raja Harish Chandra Hospital, from where he was referred to LNJP hospital. “A preliminary medical examination revealed that the victim had extremely high blood sugar levels and went into a diabetic coma,” said the official, adding that the constable’s role would be probed and action would be taken if the allegations are found to be true.

Soon, the victim’s condition became critical and he died in the wee hours on Monday, police said. Angry residents, protesting against the alleged police high-handedness, pelted stones on a police team. However, no casualty was reported. The police have not registered a case of rioting, said a police official. The situation came under control after senior officials, including the DCP, intervened and assured the protesting residents of speedy justice, he said.

Meanwhile, Rajan’s family said he was thrashed brutally by the constable. His aunt Usha Devi said: “On October 21, Rajan went alone to the Dusshera fair near a petrol pump in the neighbourhood. Around 11:30pm, he had an argument with the swing operator over Rs 1,000 note. The swing operator then called up the constable, who took Rajan behind the wheel inside a makeshift room and thrashed him.”

Rajan’s brother Ravi said: “The constable called me from Rajan’s mobile phone saying that my brother had given a fake note and was lying unconscious. I rushed to the ground and found him lying motionless. He had collapsed as he was beaten up brutally.”
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