The TMC has sought a judicial probe into the custodial death of a suspected dacoit in Tripura’s Sipahijala district.
A 35-year-old man, identified as Jamal Hussain, who was arrested on charges of robbery and drug smuggling, died at Sonamura police station on Wednesday.
TMC leader Subal Bhowmick said, “it is a case of custodial death and a judicial inquiry should be instituted to find out the details”.
“A sitting high court judge should look into the matter and the culprit must be booked as soon as possible,” he added.
The family members of the man alleged that he was tortured and killed at the police station.
Ajufa Khatun, Hussain’s sister, alleged that his brother was tortured and killed at the police station.
“My brother had no ailment. The police are trying to hush up the case. There should be a proper inquiry into the matter,” she told reporters.
Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Banuj Biplab Das said Jamal had developed chest pain around 2 am, following which he was rushed to nearby Sonamura hospital.
Doctors there suggested that he be shifted to Melaghar hospital in the district, Das said.
“Hussain was released from Melaghar hospital following treatment. He was brought back to Sonamura police station and put behind bars again,” the SDPO said.
The accused was, however, found dead in his cell in the morning, he said, adding that his body has been sent for post-mortem.
Dr Partha Pratim Das, who attended to Hussain, said he was brought to Melaghar hospital at 2.10 am, and released after treatment.
Deputy Collector and Magistrate (DCM) Manas Bhattacharya told reporters that police told him about the incident at 8 am.
“A doctor from Sonamura hospital, who visited the police station, informed me that the person has died,” he said.
Hussain, who was wanted for a robbery that dates back to 2009 and another drug smuggling case of 2016, had been working in Dubai for the past four years.
He came home recently for two months.