An IPS officer working in Yogi Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh is facing widespread public condemnation for his bizarre theory after a Muslim man mysteriously died in police custody in Kasganj. Reacting to the mysterious death of 22-year-old Altaf, Kasganj SP Botre Rohan Pramod coined an extraordinary theory behind the suspicious death of the Muslim man.
According to Pramod, the police had called Altaf son of Chahat Mian for questioning early in the morning. “During the interrogation, he requested cops if he could use the washroom. He was sent to the washroom in the lock-up. He was wearing a black jacket. He used the drawstring from the hood to hang himself from the washroom’s tap.”
Pramod said that Altaf was taken to hospital but he was declared dead.
आज दिनाँक 9.11.21 को जनपद के थाना कोतवाली कासगंज में बंदी की मृत्यु होने के संबंध में #SP @kasganjpolice द्वारा लापरवाही बरतने पर 5 पुलिसकर्मियों को निलंबित करने की कार्यवाही की गई है, प्रकरण में की जा रही अन्य कार्यवाही के संबंध में पुलिस अधीक्षक द्वारा दी गयी बाइट । pic.twitter.com/EvMnLA9ozG
— KASGANJ POLICE (@kasganjpolice) November 9, 2021
However, netizens erupted in anger asking the top cop of Kasganj how a man could hang himself from a water tap, whose height is not more than two feet from the ground.
— Shyam Meera Singh (@ShyamMeeraSingh) November 10, 2021
— Zenab (@Syed_Zenab0) November 10, 2021
21-year-old #Altaf dies in #Kasganj lock-up@Uppolice 's negligence!
How can hanging from 2 feet pipe?
This is the subject of investigation, there should be a CBI inquiry.
Strict action should be taken against the culprits. pic.twitter.com/9sQcWzRr3P
— Iqbal Hussain(News18) اقبال حسین (@iqbalbroadcast) November 10, 2021
I request this IPS officer to show a demo that how Altaf committed suicide by hanging himself from a tap and jacket string. With full security & precautions. #JusticeForAltaf pic.twitter.com/v0WeDJJ2Ff
— Suraj Kumar Bauddh (@SurajKrBauddh) November 10, 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted asking if there was any respect for human rights of those living in Uttar Pradesh any longer.
क्या उत्तर प्रदेश में मानवाधिकार नाम की कोई चीज़ बची है?
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 10, 2021
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanded a judicial probe into the mysterious death of Altaf.
कासगंज में पूछताछ के लिए लाए गए युवक की थाने में मौत का मामला बेहद संदेहास्पद है। लापरवाही के नाम पर कुछ पुलिसवालों का निलंबन सिर्फ़ दिखावटी कार्रवाई है।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 10, 2021
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too slammed the Adityanath government for the recent deaths of individuals in police custody. Vadra is likely to visit Kasganj on Thursday.
कासगंज में अल्ताफ, आगरा में अरुण वाल्मीकि, सुल्तानपुर में राजेश कोरी की पुलिस कस्टडी में मौत जैसी घटनाओं से साफ है कि रक्षक भक्षक बन चुके हैं।
उप्र पुलिस हिरासत में मौत के मामले में देश में सबसे ऊपर है। भाजपा राज में कानून व्यवस्था पूरी तरह चौपट है। यहां कोई भी सुरक्षित नहीं है।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) November 10, 2021
Pramod said that five policemen had been suspended in connection with Altaf’s death, but did not specify the crime of those cops since, according to him, the Muslim man had died by hanging himself from a water tap.
Meanwhile, Altaf’s father said that he had encouraged his son to visit the police station after allegations surfaced against him. But, he added, when he went to meet his son, policemen ill-treated him and prevented him from meeting Altaf. Later, he was informed about his death. According to the victim’s father, cops had killed his son.
In UP's kasganj, a youth Altaf was detained in the case of elopement of a girl. Later, he was found dead in custody in the police lockup. Father of the deceased alleged police foul play in the death of his son. pic.twitter.com/Fh5qs2uCXe
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) November 9, 2021
Altaf was accused of kidnapping a minor Hindu girl, a class 10 student, who continues to remain missing. Meanwhile, Altaf was buried on Wednesday. But his death in police custody has raised serious questions on alleged extra-judicial killings of citizens in Uttar Pradesh by cops under Adityanath, a religious fanatic Hindu leader.