Five cops hurt in mob clash

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. Five police personnel sustained injuries when the relatives and neighbours of 30-year-old Parmeshwar Dayal, who allegedly died in the custody of the Shanti Nagar police in North-West Delhi on Tuesday, clashed with them at Khajuri Khas in North-East Delhi yesterday. The mob set afire a motorcycle and a scooter and damaged a Police Control Room (PCR) van and some other vehicles.

The incident occurred around 2-30 p.m. when angered over his death in "police custody", the relatives of Parmeshwar, a resident of Karawal Nagar in Khajuri Khas, took to the streets near Ankur Enclave shouting slogans against the police and demanding the arrest of the "guilty".

The angry mob set afire a motorcycle and scooter parked there. As soon as the police were informed, PCR vans reached the spot along with senior police officers.

Despite assurances that their grievances would be addressed, the mob began pelting stones at the police.

"Two PCR personnel and three other policemen sustained injuries. They were taken to Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital where one of them had to be given 12 stitches on his cheek while the other had fractured his arm," said a senior police officer, adding that the demonstrators also damaged the windscreen of a PCR van. The situation was brought under control after an hour.

Earlier in the morning, neighbours and the relatives of Parmeshwar had met the police asking permission to go to Sabzi Mandi mortuary where his post-mortem was to be conducted. However, the police had then managed to dissuade them on the promise that their demands would be conveyed to the officers concerned.

Meanwhile, the post-mortem on Parmeshwar's body was conducted by a panel of three doctors at Sabzi Mandi mortuary, after which the body was handed over to his relatives, who cremated it at Nigambodh Ghat this evening.

The police said the post-mortem report would be handed over to the North-West Assistant Divisional Magistrate, Prashant Panda, who is probing the case.

Parmeshwar, whose mother had lodged a complaint on March 4 alleging that he had been abducted, was traced to Bhorgaon near Pune and brought to Delhi on Monday. The police claimed that since no one from his family came to take him home, they allowed him to stay in the Shanti Nagar police post for the night.

The next morning, he was found dead in the toilet of the police post. According to the police, Parmeshwar broke a bulb holder in the toilet and electrocuted himself.

Parmeshwar's relatives have alleged that the Shanti Nagar police post staff had a role to play in his mysterious death.

The post in-charge and a constable under him have already been sent to lines for showing negligence while carrying out their duty.

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