September 27, 2020

Constable who fired at senior dead

Patna: A police constable, Gaurishankar Singh, (51), who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly opening fire at his senior in the police lines, died in the Begusarai district jail on Friday.

Gaurishankar’s son Nilesh Singh, however, alleged that his father was brutally assaulted by policemen at the behest of deputy superintendent of police Dinesh Singh after a tiff over his duty during the Araria Lok Sabha bypoll.

Nilesh lodged a complaint with the Begusarai town police station alleging that his father had been killed under a conspiracy and demanded action against the erring police officials.

“The death of Gaurishankar is a result of a pre-mediated plan,” Nilesh alleged. “First he was assaulted in police custody and then lodged in jail. He was denied proper treatment at the jail hospital. The ulterior motive of the authorities could be gauged from the fact that family members were not allowed to meet him in jail.” Gaurishankar’s younger brother Shankar Prasad Singh corroborated his nephew’s statement.

Gaurishankar was arrested on March 7 after an altercation over election duty. On Friday, he complained of chest pain and was rushed to the Begusarai jail hospital where he died during treatment.

His relatives were later informed about his death. They arrived later from Banka district to receive his body.

Begusarai superintendent of police (SP) Aditya Kumar, however, refuted the allegations. He said instruction had been issued to the investigating officer to complete the probe within 48 hours and submit a final report in court at the earliest.

An FIR was lodged against Gaurishankar on the statement of DSP (police line) Dinesh Singh on March 8. He was accused of making a murderous attack on the sergeant major of police lines.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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