18 - 02 - 2020

Custodial death: CPM demands judicial probe

Agartala, Nov 05,2019; The opposition in Tripura demanded judicial inquiry into the custodial death of 19 – years boy Mangal Das. In this regard a team of CPM MLAs led by leader of the opposition Manik Sarkar  signed a memoroandum addressed to the chief secretary Y.Vengkateshwaralu demanding judicial inquiry and payment of compensation to the bereaved family . 

The team of MLAs who visited the house of slain Mangal Das in Dhwajanagar area under Udaipur spoke to his bereaved mother Arati Das and other close relatives to gather detailed information about what had happened. The relatives told the MLA team that a group of policemen attached to the Dhwajanagar police outpost had raided their house without any search warrant and picked up Mangal on October 23rd on charge of an alleged theft. Despite protests Mangal was taken to outpost and severely beaten  up to extract confessional statement from  him.

Again on 26th October the police stormed Mangal's paternal home with him in remand and made a search operation apparently to look for stolen things but nothing was found. All along Mangal was tottering and taken back and then on 31st October Mangal's mother Arati Das was summoned to the district hospital to see the post-mortem of her son as Mangal had died.

The relatives described the death of Mangal as a 'cold blooded police killing in custody' and requested the MLAs to take steps to get their ward justice. Manik Sarkar, Ratan Bhowmik and Sudhan Das assured the family that they would press the government for payment of compensation and a judicial inquiry to unearth the truth.