Beaten up in Police Custody, Mumbai’s Muslim Cabbie Dies

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After the pounding, Suhail had slipped into a coma at the police station itself. Mansoor brought him home where Suhail’s condition worsened and was rushed to hospital where doctors said he was nearly dead due to brain haemorrhage

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

 NEW DELHI – A newly-married Muslim cab driver has died allegedly after being beaten up by the police at the RCF police station in Mumbai’s Chembur.

Family members of 26-year-old Suhail Shaikh, married just six months ago, said that on 15 September, some police personnel came to his home from the RCF police station and searched his house.

After finding nothing illegal in the house, the policemen took Suhail and his uncle Tayyab Mansoor to the police station.

Mansoor told Clarion India that after they reached the police station, they took them to the first floor and started beating Suhail with a waist belt even after Suhail started sweating due to the beating.

“I told the police officer that Suhail was suffering from low blood pressure, and requested him to not thrash him but he scoffed at me and kept beating him up,” he said.

“Then, they brought a bag of marijuana and said that they would implicate them in a drug case. They kept beating Suhail. Then, I asked what I have to do to stop this beating. I asked them what they wanted. They demanded Rs. 22000,” claimed Mansoor.

He said he agreed to give Rs. 1 lakh to them. He could not arrange Rs. 1 lakh at that time. So, he gave Rs.50,000 and promised to pay up the remaining amount in the evening. After taking Rs. 50,000, the two were released from the police station.

After the pounding, Suhail had slipped into a coma at the police station itself. Mansoor brought him home where Suhail’s condition worsened and was rushed to hospital where doctors said he was nearly dead due to brain haemorrhage. In the evening of 16 September, he was declared dead, said Mansoor.

According to Mansoor, all this happened because of one Patel, who is a police informer with whom Suhail had a scuffle weeks ago. The police were doing all this in collusion with Patel.

“The only thing I want is to make them pay for what the policemen, including a police inspector, have done. I want to get them punished,” said Mansoor.

Suhail was the sole bread-winner in his family after his parents died a long time ago. Along with a newly-married wife, five sisters and one younger brother were the family members he left behind. He used to run his own vehicle for Ola and Uber cab services.

Talking about the incident, Sopan Nigot, an inspector at the RCF police station, told Clarion India that the Chembur unit of Crime Branch was conducting an inquiry into the incident. He denied all the allegations levelled by Suhail’s family against the police. He said that Suhail had not died due to the beating.

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