Nagaon police thrashing case: Man died due to drowning, says SP Anand Mishra
Guwahati: In a shocking turn of events, Superintendent of Police, Nagaon, Anand Mishra on Tuesday said that the man who died in the June 9 incident was due to drowning and not because of police beating.
Mishra said that it has been cleared in the post-mortem report that there was no sign of thrashing on the body of Sohaib Akhtar, who lost his life during a cop raid.
The incident occurred on June 9 in Nagaon’s Rupohihat region when a police team raided Gareki village following information about illegal betting during lockdown restrictions. As police reached the spot, the men started running away and one of them allegedly fell into a water body and died.
However, the local residents had a different version of the event, saying the cops routinely visited the area and badly thrashed people who violated lockdown. They claimed that the men were playing cricket when the police came to the area.
The locals added that police brutally hit Sohaib Akhtar on the head with the butt of a gun. The young man was later rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
The locals also protested in front of the police station with the dead body of the youth. They pelted stones at the police station and damaged police vehicles. To quell the mob, police had to baton charge.
However, police on Tuesday cleared Akhtar’s reason for death. Mishra revealed the information during a press conference in Nagaon.