Custodial Death of Two Muslim Youths in Bihar: Supreme Court to Hear Plea for SIT Probe

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India Tomorrow
New Delhi, June 29— The police had picked Gufran Alam, 30, and Taslim Ansari, 32, from their homes in East Champaran on March 6 this year in a case of alleged theft and murder case. The Police took them to Sitamarhi district and next day informed their families about their death. They had been brutally tortured in the custody and even nails had been hammered into their bodies.

About four months after the incident, the Supreme Court is going to hear a petition seeking SIT probe and magisterial probe into the incident.

Filed by a civil group ‘Citizens Against Hate’ through its convener Sajjad Hassan, a former IAS officer, the petition will be heard by the top court next week. The petitioner has alleged that the state government has shielded the guilty police personnel, says a report in LiveLaw.in.

The plea has sought an SIT probe under the watch of a former Director General of Police from another state.

The signs of tortured on their bodies were noticed when they were being given final bath before funeral prayers.

“According to the family members of the deceased, when the bodies were handed over to them, the noticed indications of brutal torture in custody with signs of nails hammered in their thighs and wrist, injuries to private parts, electric shocks, broken bones etc. The post-mortem report, however, did not record anything,” says the report.

“Photos and a video clip of their bodies being washed before their burial showed marks of nails hammered into them,” says The Indian Express. They were picked in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and murder of its owner Rakesh Kumar who was resident of Muzaffarpur district, says the daily.

Their families had shared these details with the police and then an FIR was registered for murder of the two and five policemen were suspended.

However, the NGO petitioner has alleged that the doctors, as part of the cover-up to shield the accused cops, reversed their findings. The petition notes that none of the five suspended policemen were named in the FIR.

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