Firozabad Tense Following Dalit Man’s Death in Police Custody; Mayawati Calls for Immediate Action

The victim was reportedly apprehended on June 19 on theft charges, after the police allegedly found a two-wheeler in his possession.
Firozabad Tense Following Dalit Man’s Death in Police Custody; Mayawati Calls for Immediate Action
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Lucknow: Violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Firozabad following the reported death of a 25-year-old Dalit man in police custody. The victim was reportedly apprehended on June 19 on theft charges, after the police allegedly found a two-wheeler in his possession.

The next day, the man, identified as Akash, fell ill while in police custody and received initial medical treatment.

His condition worsened, and on June 21, Akash was hospitalized, where he passed away during treatment.

Upon Akash’s body being brought home, his family alleged that he had been assaulted by the police while in custody. In response, they allegedly attacked the police team and set several vehicles on fire.

Police officials stated that Akash’s postmortem examination has been conducted, and they plan to release the findings and additional information to the media shortly.

Authorities mentioned that police forces used necessary measures to restore peace and order in the area amidst the unrest.

Mayawati Calls for Action

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati has issued a statement on June 22, calling for stringent action against the responsible police officers. She emphasized the immediate release of those who protested against police “brutality” and urged the withdrawal of charges filed against them.

A first information report (FIR) has been registered against 95 people in connection with the violence. Superintendent of Police (City) Sarvesh Kumar Mishra stated that 45 individuals have been identified as suspects, with 50 others have been charged in the case of violence and rioting.

Expressing her dismay on social media platform ‘X’ (formerly Twitter), the BSP chief described the death as deeply tragic. She demanded that the government take strict action against the police officers found guilty and extend full support to the victim’s family.

In response, Inspector General Deepak Kumar announced that the matter will be investigated by a district level judicial officer.

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