UP: FIR filed days after labourer dies in custody

Police earlier said that Altaf, a labourer from Nagla Syed in Kasganj, died by suicide inside the Kotwali Police Station’s bathroom in Kasganj on Tuesday.

Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday filed an FIR into the death of 22-year-old labourer from Kasganj, days after the man’s family alleged he was killed in custody after he was brought in for questioning over the disappearance of a minor girl.

Police earlier said that Altaf, a labourer from Nagla Syed in Kasganj, died by suicide inside the Kotwali Police Station’s bathroom in Kasganj on Tuesday. They said Altaf hanged himself with a drawstring from the hood of his jacket, using a water pipe in a toilet that is a couple of feet from the ground.

He was picked up for questioning on a complaint by a family, who had accused him of kidnapping their 16-year-old daughter.

The FIR filed in Kasganj mentions unidentified policemen, and will be updated later with their names mentioned in a fresh complaint letter, police said.

Altaf’s father, Chand Mia, who initially said he was satisfied with the police action, said in his complaint that he was coerced into signing a blank paper.

“My son has been killed in the police station… The tap in the bathroom is about two feet (high) and my son is more than 5 foot in height. I have not done any compromise with any official. I was made to give my thumb print under pressure. I request that action be taken in this case,” the FIR filed on the basis of Chand Mia’s complaint quoted him as saying.

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