‘Custodial death’ of Bihar youth: in-camera sitting by Magistrate

Updated - June 18, 2015 05:44 am IST

Published - June 18, 2015 12:00 am IST - Ramanathapuram:

Judicial Magistrate K. Palaniammal, who is probing the suspected custodial death of a youth from Bihar after he was caught and allegedly beaten up by villagers for cheating a woman of her gold chain on the pretext of polishing, would hold an in-camera sitting here on June 22 to question the villagers and police personnel.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, the Magistrate said she would question the list of villagers of Mudhunal, who were present when Dilkush Kumar (19) from Supaul district in Bihar was caught by the villagers and allegedly beaten up and those who were present at the Bazaar police station, where he was in custody for interrogation.

“The public or passersby who had witnessed the incident either at the village or at the police station are welcome to depose,” Ms. Palaniammal said, adding that she would instruct the Bazaar police to trace the boy who had accompanied the deceased and escaped from the village after his colleague was caught. The escaped boy could throw more light in the case, she said.

During the in-camera proceedings, she would also enquire the doctors who had conducted the post-mortem at the district headquarters hospital here and the duty doctor who had treated the victim as an outpatient before Bazaar police took him back to the police station for interrogation.

After the Hello Police rescued the youth from the villagers and handed him over to the Bazaar police station on June 6, he was taken to the hospital for treatment. After being treated as an outpatient, he was brought back to the police station, where he developed seizures. He was rushed back to the hospital but died after failing to respond to the treatment the same day.

The Magistrate, who had begun the probe on June 8, completed preliminary enquiry by visiting the village and the Bazaar police station. She had also questioned three relatives of the deceased youth in an in-camera sitting.

The Magistrate will also enquire the doctors who conducted the post-mortem

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