In a violence case, the Madha police on Monday booked two of their own constables on the account of the murder of a tractor driver on Sunday night. The custodial death case has been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for the investigation. Though the exact cause of death is not known, the authorities are waiting for the post-mortem report to confirm it.
Speaking to TOI Solapur’s additional superintendent of police, Milind Mohite said adding that, “We are treating it as a custodial death case and have handed over the investigations to the CID. We are awaiting the post-mortem report to know the exact cause of death:
Milind Mohite said the tractor driver by the name of Pradeep Kalyan Kute (28) was playing loud music while travelling in his vehicle around 8.30pm at Manegaon near Madha, which is around 65km from here, off the Mumbai-Hyderabad national highway.
“The constables questioned Kute about the loud music and asked him to come to the police outpost. Kute later fell unconscious in the outpost and was taken to a private hospital in Madha. where the doctors declared him brought dead,” he said.
However, Kute’s kin and locals alleged that he passed away after he was ruthlessly beaten up by the constables at the isolated area.
They were also annoyed on coming to know that the case had been filed as an accidental death. They did not accept the body from the hospital and also protested outside the Madha police station, demanding a strict action against the constables.
Chaos followed up at the police station and knowing this, senior police officers from Solapur including superintendent of police Manoj Patil, arrived the spot. They silenced the crowd saying that the accused would be ‘booked’ for ‘murder’ and convinced them to take the body.
Later, Kute’s body was handed over to his family after finishing all legal formalities. It was taken to his native place, Songiri village in Osmanabad district for the last rites.
(Originally published by The Times Of India)