Bhopal: Prisoner dies behind bars, Bhopal cops under lens, judicial probe ordered

Bairasia police had arrested Tulsi Ram Bijori on Tuesday in connection with liquor smuggling and sent him to jail. On Saturday, the accused’s health deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he died later in the night.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Monday, May 31, 2021, 10:42 AM IST
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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Bhopal police are under scanner in connection with the death of a 34-year-old prisoner. A judicial probe has been ordered into the incident. Bairasia police had arrested Tulsi Ram Bijori on Tuesday in connection with liquor smuggling and sent him to jail. On Saturday, the accused’s health deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he died later in the night.

The family of the deceased Tulsi Ram Bijori has accused the police of brutality. They alleged that cops were torturing Bijori in police station and were demanding money for releasing him. Bairasia police, however, have refuted all allegations stating that the accused arrested in connection with illegal liquor supply died in jail and not in the police station. Police claimed that it has come to light that the accused was ‘banging his own head against the wall, as he was feeling uneasy’.

The arrest was made on Tuesday when Bijori and his relative Ashok Nanoria had gone to Dussehra maidan for shopping. Nanoria said that they had parked their four-wheeler around and were busy looking for the required items for a marriage, when a team of police approached them. They directed Bijori to come to the police station, he said. Leaving me, the cops detained Bijori and took him away, said Nanoria. He claimed that Bijori’s wife saw the cops beating him inside the police station and also alleged that the cops were demanding money against his release. Later, the family was informed that he has been sent to jail.

On Saturday night, they received information that Bijori was in hospital as his health condition had deteriorated, said Nanoria. Later he died in the hospital.

Police, however, said that Bijori was arrested with 70 litres of liquor. His friend Ramswaroop who was accompanying him on Tuesday fled when police came to arrest them. Bijori alone was brought to the police station. Ramswaroop is facing charges of liquor smuggling, said police. Police said that Bijori was sent to jail the next day and it has come to light that he was ‘banging his own head against wall’, as he was feeling uneasy.

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