On Friday, Faisal Hussain, an 18-year-old Muslim vegetable vendor from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, was allegedly killed in police custody.
Following family outrage and protests, the case was filed against three police officers: Constables Vijay Chaudhary and Seemawat and a home guard named Satyaprakash. The police officers were charged with murder under Section 502 of the Criminal Code.
Faisal’s family claimed that police kidnapped him from the market and beat him to death in custody.
On the other hand, the police claim that he died of a heart attack and that he was apprehended for violating the curfew imposed in the view of Covid-19.
The home guard, Satya Prakash, has been fired, while the two other constables have been suspended by senior officials, according to officials.
“All three were already suspended soon after the incident. It was lodged based on the complaint filed by the family”, Assistant Superintendent said, as Maktoob quoted.
“Faisal was already dead in the thana (Bangar Mau Police station) after police beating and his body was sent to the hospital,” Faisal’s brother said in a video statement posted on social media.
Images from Bangarmau, Unnao showed a large crowd blocking the Lucknow intersection of Unnao Hardoi Marg, demanding a police investigation and action against the perpetrators.