Dalit Man Beaten to Death While in Uttar Pradesh Police’s Custody
“The former village head, Ramakant Yadav, called me up at 10 pm and told me that my brother, Bahraichi, has slipped and got injured while going to the washroom at Bakhira police station. We were asked to reach the hospital where he had been admitted.
“I went there along with my nephew, Anurag. On the way, the police stopped us at Kareli and informed us that Bahraichi fell from the stairs while going to the washroom. When we reached the hospital, my brother’s corpse was lying there. His whole body was soaked in blood. His mouth was stuffed with cotton. No policemen were around – the hospital administration informed them that they had left the body there.”
Thirty-five-year-old Vinod bursts into tears as he narrates this harrowing incident. His cousin, 45-year-old Bahraichi, a Dalit resident of Shiv Bakhri in Sant Kabir Nagar’s Baghauli block, died in police custody at the Bakhira police station on July 27. He had been in custody since the afternoon of July 25….