Nepal | October 23, 2020

Detainee’s death in police custody suspicious

Himalayan News Service
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Dhangadi, November 25

A young detainee died in the custody of Gaira Police Post of Jorayal Rural Municipality, Doti, yesterday afternoon.

Ganesh Pali, 21, of Jorayal-4 died in police custody. The incident is mysterious due to differing statements over the incident from the local police, district police and locals.

Pali was a jeep driver. Pali was arrested and kept in police custody after a dispute broke out between him and police at the road section that connects Gaira with Dadeldhura’s Gankhet.

The road was disrupted under the leadership of Pali demanding its repair.

Police claimed that Pali was intoxicated when he was held. After that, he was kept in police custody.

The rumour doing the rounds is that Pali had manhandled police who caught him. After that, Pali committed suicide by hanging himself with his pants, police told locals.

Pali was rushed to the local health facility and then to Dadeldhura for treatment. But, he died on the way, said police.

According to Doti District Police Office SP Dilip Singh Deuba, a complaint was filed at his office saying that Pali had received injuries when he fell outside the toilet after he was arrested. “I have been told that Pali died while being rushed to the hospital after he fell on the ground and received injuries,” said SP Deuba.

He, however, said facts would come out only after investigation.

“The police post has informed us that Pali had consumed excessive alcohol and a tablet. But, truth will come out only after the medical test,” he added.

A version of this article appears in print on November 26, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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