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Head injury led to Guna man's death, judicial probe to look into custodial torture charges

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: The body of Israil Khan, 30, who died in suspicious circumstances in police custody, had got head injuries that caused his death.

This has been revealed in the initial postmortem report. A panel of doctors has conducted the postmortem after administration assured family that fair action would be taken.

The deceased's relatives had already alleged that he was thrashed and tortured.

As a result of the head injury, he died of brain haemorrhage. But the police had contested the charges, though four policemen were removed from chowki and sent to police line as a disciplinary action. Citizens' delegation had met top officials and asked for an inquiry into it.

Khan was returning from Aalami Tableeghi Ijtima that was held in Bhopal, when policemen in Guna district, stopped and took him away. The family later got information that he had died. They protested and accusing the policemen of assaulting him, as a result of which he got injuries and died. 

The family members staged a demonstration in Guna. Locals also supported the demand for fair probe. It was alleged that some policemen were demanding money and the family had even agreed to pay it, however, he was allegedly beaten and this caused his death. 

Israil's father Munawwar Khan said that his son was innocent and had been thrashed for no reason. A judicial probe has been ordered in this case. Khan is survived by his family that inclludes minor children. The inquiry that has been instituted would reveal the circumstances that led to his death. 

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.