Gujarat: After 7 Months, 6 Vadodara Policemen Booked for Custodial Death of Suspect

Though the death occurred in December, an FIR against the policemen was lodged on July 6 after the completion of a probe.

Ahmedabad: On Tuesday, a senior officer said that six officers of the Vadodara Police, including an inspector, have been booked for allegedly torturing and killing a 62-year-old suspect in a theft case at a police station and later destroying evidence.

While the alleged incident had taken place on December 10 at Fatehgunj police station in Vadodara, an FIR against the policemen was lodged on July 6 night following a probe by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) S.G. Patil.

The FIR, lodged at the same police station, stated that the accused police personnel had picked up Babu Shaikh, a native of Telangana, on suspecting that he was involved in a theft case. The policemen allegedly tortured him inside the computer room of the police station, leading to his death.

The FIR further mentioned that after Shaikh’s death, the accused disposed of the body at an undisclosed location.

As per the FIR, the accused made an entry into the police station diary stating that Shaikh was released after preliminary questioning and that he walked out by himself.

The accused personnel includes police inspector D.B. Gohil, sub-inspector D.M. Rabari and four other constables.

ACP Patil said that since the investigation was underway, the accused personnel, except a constable, were transferred from Fatehgunj police station; furthermore, no one has been arrested yet.

“[The deceased] Shaikh was involved in several thefts in the past. He had come to Vadodara with his son-in-law for that purpose only. He was picked up on suspicion. He died in the custody of Fatehgunj police. The FIR has been lodged after a detailed probe,” said the ACP.

As per the FIR, a missing person’s complaint was registered at the Sayajigunj police station on January 1 by Shaikh’s relatives after he went missing on December 10.

He was picked up after a resident of Chhani area approached the police regarding an attempted theft at his house, it stated.

According to the FIR, the accused policemen had made a false entry that Shaikh was allowed to go on the same day.

Moreover, they deleted the soft copy of that complaint regarding a theft attempt.