Uttar Pradesh: Congress delegation meets family members of Dalit man who was killed in police custody

Uttar Pradesh: Congress delegation meets family members of Dalit man who was killed in police custody

A delegation of state Congress leaders on Friday met the family members of a Dalit man who allegedly died under mysterious circumstances in police custody in Uttar Pradesh.

Another Congress delegation visited the village in Amethi on Friday and demanded that the Yogi Adityanath-led government should provide compensation to the bereaved family and arrest the accused cops.

The visit comes days after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the family members of the late Dalit man at Bhikaripur Panhauna village in Amethi.

Speaking to media after meeting the bereaved family, Priyanka Gandhi said, "There is anarchy in UP. Cops responsible for the custodial death should be arrested. Congress party stands with the family in the battle against injustice."

Issuing a statement on the similar matter, Congress MLA and party leader in UP Ajay Kumar Lallu said, "On the instruction of Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, we have assured the victim's family of all possible help in getting justice. The policemen accused of custodial death should be immediately arrested. The government should also provide compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the family of the deceased."

On August 26, Ram Avtar, arrested on suspicion of theft, allegedly died in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh in police custody.

The family members of the deceased had alleged that Ram was tortured by the cops and beaten him to death.

Following the incident, police station in-charge Gyanchand Shukla and outpost in-charge Dhirendra Verma were suspended and later booked in connection with the custodial death.

A magisterial inquiry was also ordered to look into all aspects of the case.