IN A FIRST, FOUR COPS CON­VICTED FOR CUS­TO­DIAL DEATH IN CITY

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: In a first such case in Maharashtra, four po­lice­men were con­victed and sen­tenced to seven years in jail by a ses­sions court on Satur­day for a 2013 cus­to­dial death of a 20-year-old at the Van­rai po­lice sta­tion in Gore­gaon.

The po­lice­men — Chan­drakant Kam­bale, Ki­ran Pin­gale, Umesh Gosavi and San­deep Salunkhe — were at­tached to the de­tec­tion team of the po­lice sta­tion when Aniket Khic­chi and his ac­com­plice Prakash Cha­van alias Ratan Wani, 33, were caught in a theft case.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, Khic­chi fell un­con­scious and was taken to Cooper Hos­pi­tal, where he was de­clared dead on ar­rival. Ini­tially, a case of ac­ci­den­tal death was reg­is­tered and the probe was handed over to the Mum­bai crime branch. Later, the four were booked for mur­der. The court, how­ever, con­victed them for cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der and for caus­ing hurt with com­mon in­ten­tions.

The four sought le­niency, plead­ing that they were do­ing their duty and had no in­ten­tion of in­jur­ing Khic­chi.

The pros­e­cu­tion heav­ily re­lied on med­i­cal ev­i­dence and the state­ment of Wani, the sole eye­wit­ness, who nar­rated how they were beaten up in jail.

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