New Delhi: Two days after a 35-year-old man died under “mysterious circumstances” while being taken to a police station, a video clip has surfaced purportedly showing a policeman beating the man with his club, raising questions over the police’s claims that they did not enter into any scuffle with him.
In the five-minute-long video — believed to be shot by a bystander, policemen can be seen having a hard time getting the man – sporting a yellow tee shirt – inside a police van, and a woman, later identified as Mamta, screaming for help.
Apparently failing to handle the man, one of the policemen can also be seen hitting him twice with his lathi.
DCP (northwest) Veenu Bansal said that a judicial inquiry has been initiated into the case and any further action shall be taken based on the report of the inquiry.
Other senior officials maintained that the “unverified” video clip is not clear enough, but it may be considered for further leads, if needed.
On Monday, a 35-year-old man, later identified as Shanu Shahnawaz Chaudhary, who tried to intervene in a road-side scuffle between a couple and the police at northeast Delhi’s Nand Nagri area, died in mysterious circumstances.
Chaudhary’s wife, Mamta, later alleged that her husband was killed by the policemen.
Meanwhile, Chaudhary’s body was sent for a postmortem examination today after his relatives agreed to sign the relevant documents, said an officer.
During investigation, it emerged that Chaudhary was out on parole. He was sent to jail around four months ago in connection with a criminal case.