Naxalite commits suicide in police custody; 5 cops suspended

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Raipur: A Naxalite held for his involvement in the deadly 2013 Jiram Valley attack, allegedly committed suicide at police interrogation cell in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district.

The consequence of the incident resulted in supination of five policemen, including a sub-inspector.

“Baman alias Dinesh (26) was found hanging from a window of the interrogation cell in Police Line area at Narayapur district headquarters last evening,” Narayanpur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said.

Baman, who was active as a lower rung cadre in Sukma district for past three years, was taken into custody from his native village Todarbeda under Orchha Police Station limits a few days back, Meena said.

He was allegedly involved in the Jiram Valley attack by Naxals on May 25, 2013, in Darbha (Bastar) in which 31 people, including top Congress leaders from the state, were killed and the Tahakwada ambush in Tongpal area of Sukma in April last year in which 15 security personnel and a civilian were killed, the SP said.

The cadre was voluntarily cooperating with police and had revealed crucial details about the locations of Maoist’s weapon dump and their movements in the region during his interrogation, he said.

The rebel had even decided to surrender before senior police officials and therefore was brought to Narayanpur and kept in police line for a final interrogation, the SP said.

“During the course of interrogation last evening, he allegedly locked himself inside the interrogation room when the police personnel were out of the cell. When he did not respond to the repeated knocks, some police personnel entered the cell after breaking its door and found him dead,” he said.

Following the incident, five police personnel, including sub-inspector Surendra Baghel, who was in-charge of interrogation cell, a constable and three assistant constables were suspended for dereliction of duty and an inquiry was ordered, he said.

The SP has written to higher district authorities to constitute a judicial inquiry into the matter, and added that further action will be taken in this regard after the probe.

(With PTI inputs)


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