NEW DELHI – A 21-year-old Muslim youth died days after he was allegedly tortured by the police in Faridabad in Haryana on Friday.
According to Maktoob Media, Junaid, who is resident of Mewat’s Jamalgarh, succumbed to severe injuries inflicted on him allegedly by the police officers- Rajesh, Surjit, Naresh, Narendra, Dalvir, Javed and Basant, his family members said.
Junaid’s family along with locals have come out in protest demanding action against the erring officers. Almost entire village blocked Hodal highway with the dead body. Protesters also reportedly set a police vehicle on fire.
Junaid’s mother Khadija alleged that the police also took a bribe of Rs 70,000 from his family, used anti-Muslim slurs, had asked Junaid and his accomplices to sign blank papers, and threatened the family not to file a legal complaint against them.
“If you file a complaint, I will make your entire family like Junaid’s state”, a police officer reportedly told Junaid’s brothers, his mother said.
Junaid was detained by the Faridabad cyber cell on 31 May while he was returning from a relative’s wedding ceremony. After Junaid and his other accomplices crossed the Sunhara border (Haryana-Rajasthan border), the police detained them and took them to the police station where they were brutally tortured.
The family alleged he was illegally picked up and detained without an FIR and later arrested by the Faridabad police.
On 1 June, Junaid’s brothers- Irshad and Azad reached the police station, seeking his release.
“The police let him go after taking a bribe of Rs 70,000. However, on 5 June, the police detained Irshad and Azad.” Junaid’s nephew Saddam was quoted by Maktoob as saying.
After Junaid came home, he was treated at a nearby hospital. However, he died 8 days later on 11 June at 9 pm.
Junaid’s mother Khadija is a widow, she has three sons- one she lost to police torture while the other two remain under police custody.