Uttar Pradesh: Minor beaten to death in police custody, villagers protested

News Desk: Violence on minor continues in Uttar Pradesh. A 17 year old boy of Lakhimpur Kheri district died on Sunday morning, days after he was brutally thrashed by police during questioning in an alleged theft case. Villagers protested against it. Three policemen were suspended too.

According to the local village head, the boy was accused of stealing his uncle’s cellphone. After his uncle filed a complaint, the kid was summoned to the local police station two days later.

As per SP Sanjeev Suman “After two hours, both the parties reached a compromise. The compromise was in writing and it is available with the police.  The boy was handed over to the family and they returned home at around 3 pm on January 19”.

The boy’s family told the police that on January 20, his uncle and another villager came to their house and thrashed him, the SP said.

According to the senior officer, his condition worsened quickly after that, and he was admitted to a hospital.

SP Sanjeev Suman further stated that the accused orchestrated Sunday’s protest against the boy’s death.

However, one of the sisters is said to have contested the police’s version of events. She is apparently heard in a viral video reporting that her brother was summoned to the station on January 19. The cops allegedly told their mother to leave him there, according to the sister.