source: New India Express
published: 23 March 2017
Ever since Telangana achieved statehood, State police have been trying to create a brand image of ‘people friendly policing.’ However, repeated incidents of ‘custodial deaths’ or deaths of accused persons while in police custody seem to be seriously damaging these efforts.
Call it ‘third degree torture’ or ‘interrogational necessities’ for obtaining information, or even cases of ill fortune, the number of deaths of persons while in custody of police is on the rise. The recent one being the case of a man who collapsed in the washroom of Mangalhat police station in the city.
The CCTV footage from inside the police station seemed to rule out physical abuse from the police as the cause of death. Even so, senior officers are said be concerned.
Leading the way, Director General of Police (DGP) Anurag Sharma is understood to have sought ways and means in which such incidents could be prevented.