Mumbai: A crowd of around hundred men allegedly vandalised police vehicles and attacked policemen and security personnel of Lokmanya Tilak Hospital at Sion on Saturday midnight, following the death of a 17-year-old youth, Sachin Ravindra Jaiswar.
Jaiswar was in the Intensive Care Respiratory Unit at the hospital since July 15, after he was brought in with high fever, headache and body ache, which are symptoms of leptospirosis. The initial medical evaluation, too, suggested that he died to due to leptospirosis, claims a doctor. However, the family had their doubts. They claimed that he was allegedly detained by the Dharavi police on suspicion of mobile theft and tortured, which led to his death in the hospital. The crowd on Saturday midnight was livid over this alleged case of ‘torture’ death.
In the ensuing violence, two police constables and three personnel of the Maharashtra State Security Corporation, including a woman, were injured. According to Lalita Gaikwad, senior police inspector, Sion police, “We have registered a case of rioting and unlawful assembly against 100 unknown persons under the Indian Penal Code; they indulged in stone pelting and injured policemen and the staff of the MSSF. Three police vehicles were also damaged.’’ The police had picked up Sachin Ravindra Jaiswar, 17, at around 1 am, on June 13, suspecting his involvement in a mobile theft case registered at Dharavi police station on July.