Congress General Secretary and Uttar Pradesh in-charge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was expected to visit Kasganj today to meet the family of a 21-year-old boy who had died in police custody, skipper her visit and reached Lucknow instead. The Congress leader had tweeted on the incident targeting the government, after which it was speculated that she might visit Kasganj.
Significantly, Priyanka is active in UP affairs, be it the incident of Sonbhadra’s Umbha, Hathras, Agra or Lakhimpur Kheri. Priyanka has been constantly meeting the families of the victims and expressing condolences to them. Hence, it was also expected that she may visit Kasganj.
The Congress, instead, sent a delegation of senior party leaders led by UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu to meet the family of the deceased.
The relatives of the deceased have alleged that this was not a suicide, but murder by the police. After this, many Congress leaders came to meet the victim’s family on Wednesday. At first, the police stopped them, but later four people were allowed. However, the victim’s family refused to meet anyone.
Earlier on Wednesday, Samajwadi Party had announced a financial help of Rs 5 lakh for the family of the victim and had also announced that a delegation will reach Ahrauli village of Kasganj on Friday to meet the family of the deceased. The delegation will also submit its fact-finding report to the state office of the SP after the visit.
The incident was reported from Ahrauli village in Kasganj, where police had taken the youth named Altaf into custody from his house at 8 pm on November 8, for interrogation concerning a missing girl. The relatives of the deceased youth alleged that the police killed him.
As per information, almost 22 hours later, on November 9 at around 6 pm, the family of deceased boy Altaf received information that their son had died in the police lockup. During the investigation, five police personnel — Kotwali in-charge Virendra Indolia, Senior Sub Inspector Chandresh Gautam, Nadrai Gate Outpost in-charge Vikas Kumar, cop Ghanendra Singh, constable Saurabh Solanki — were suspended.
Rohan Pramod Botre, SSP Kasganj speaking on the matter, had said the youth was brought for questioning on the charge of kidnapping a girl. He said the youth asked to go to the bathroom after which he allegedly died by suicide. He added that the matter was being investigated.
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