Mumbai : Three policemen from Vanrai Police Station were arrested by the Mumbai crime branch officials in connection with the custodial death of a thief in October this year at that station.
The police have arrested Chandrakant Rajaram Kamble, 52, head constable, Kiran Dattatray Pingale, 38, police naik, and Umesh Gosavi, constable, all attached to Vanrai
police station, on Tuesday night for their alleged
involvement in the murder of Manoj Salve alias Aniket Khichhi, 20.
According to the police, on October 26, Salve, a resident of Kurla, was arrested with one of his accomplices, Prakash Chavan, 30, as they attempted to steal a bag at an exhibition at the Mumbai Exhibition Center (NESCO), Goregaon (E). The duo were beaten up by the crowds at the exhibition when they tried to give a slip to the security guards and later, the two accused policemen are also alleged to have joined the crowd in assaulting them.
Salve and Chavan were later arrested by the Vanrai police officials. Salve, who was interrogated by the police, complained of uneasiness in the detection room, following which he was rushed to a private hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
The relatives of the victim staged a massive protest outside the police station. They demanded that the policemen involved be booked for murder. An accidental death report was registered at the police station and Unit-12 of the crime branch was ordered to probe the matter.
Meanwhile, the panel of the doctors that examined the body of the deceased, in its report clearly stated that Salve died due to external injuries. After a probe, on October 29, crime branch officials registered an offence of murder and held the detection staff of the Vanrai police as the accused in the case.
“On Tuesday night Kambale, Pingale and Gosavi were arrested and produced before the Esplanade Court on Wednesday that remanded them into police custody up to the December 30,” the police said.