Naxalite dies in police custody, 4 cops suspended in Chhattisgarh

United News of India

Jagdalpur, January 14, 2012

A suspected Naxalite died in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh late last night and four police officials were later suspended in connection with the incident, police said.

While police claimed that the man hanged himself, his family members and tribal leaders accused the police of torturing the 26-year-old, leading to his death and demanded registration of a criminal case against those guilty. 
Madkam Mara was arrested during a search by district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel from forests at Murtunda village yesterday. A loaded gun was seized from his possession. He was wanted in connection with the murder of janpad member Bhimaram Markam.
"Assistant Sub-Inspector Ramavtar Patel, head constable Korsa Nagaiya, constables Shikul Kujur and Amjad Khan were suspended with immediate effect for negligence," Sub-Divisional Officer of Police Lakhan Patel told reporters here.
Adivadi Mahasabha leader Manish Kunjam alleged that Madkami was picked up by CRPF personnel four days back and tortured leading to his death. He said suspension was no punishment and demanded booking of guilty personnel for murder.