Custodial death of under-trial sparks tension in Agartala

Tension erupted near Agartala following the death of an under-trail accused of ATM hacking case on January 12.

The agitated people of under-trail Sushanta Ghosh’s village severely beaten up a constable of Tripura police intelligence identified as Asim Majumder at border Golchakkar of Ramnagar area. The constable was shifted to Agartala Govt Medical College in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the father of the deceased lodged an FIR against DSP of Tripura police crime branch Nirdesh Deb with West Agartala police station charging him for murder in police custody.

Ghosh alleged that before arresting Sushanta, DSP Deb had several times summoned him in his office and harassed him for long time. Finally, when he was arrested and court allowed his police custody, allegedly DSP Deb had warned him to kill unless the accused confess that he was involved in ATM cloning cases in Tripura.

“We got to know from one of our neighbour that police last night around 1:30 am brought him to a bridge in the Shanpara and searched something. He was tortured by the police there also and later on when they failed to find any proof of my son’s involvement in the case, police killed him and spread the news that he committed suicide,” Sarkar alleged.

He alleged that the crime branch officials had tried to include him into the case just to save the actual accused because somehow police was managed and added, “We are running a small sweet shop in the border areas and police was desperate to trap us in the international smuggling rackets and foreign currency exchange deal but failed. Finally, they murder my son cold bloodedly.”

Sushanta Ghosh (38), a resident of bordering village Lankamura of Agartala was arrested on January 11 by crime branch of Tripura police in connection with ATM cloning case registered in November last year. He was arrested after recovery of a bag from a pond located in the city outskirts followed by the interrogation of the four international conmen who had been arrested earlier in Kolkata.

A local court sent Sushanta Ghosh to three days police remand and crime branch kept him in police cell at West Agartala police station for safe custody.

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