Kangra: A resident of Nadan village of Jwali area of Kangra district in Himachal died at Mukerain railway station after allegedly beaten by the railway police GRP.
As per reports Tilak Raj with his niece Monika had reached Mukerain railway station to catch a train for Nagpur. They reached the railway station on Tuesday night. Railway police constable Surinder Singh, who was on night duty, questioned Tilak Raj and later took both Tilak Raj and Monika to the GRP post where Tilak Raj was allegedly beaten by the cops.
‘The cop came to us and inquired about our identity proof. He started beating uncle without any provocation. In the meantime he (Tilak) started vomiting and was in pain for nearly two hours at the station but nobody took him to the hospital,’ Monika told reporters here.
Police later shifted Tilak to a government hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
However, railway police officials denied the allegations.
‘The deceased had already consumed some poisonous substance and died because of this. The allegations are totally baseless. But still we are waiting for the medical reports,’ said Narinder Pal, deputy superintendent of police (railways).
Police also delayed the autopsy on the body by one day and it was done on Thursday. The report did not establish that the deceased had consumed any poison and doctors had further sent the samples for more tests.
Family members later took the body to the busy Jalandhar-Jammu highway and blocked the traffic for over 30 minutes to demand action against the culprits.
‘We want strict action against the accused police officials. Senior police officers are trying to shield them and intimidating us with dire consequences,’ said Shambhu Ram, Tilak Raj’s father.