12 bruises on body of Muslim vendor ‘killed by cops’, says post-mortem report

New Delhi: Mohammad Faisal, a vegetable seller, was found dead on Friday after he was allegedly beaten by the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district.

At least 12 bruises were found on his body and his death was caused by head injury, according to the post-mortem report, The Indian Express reported.

Two constables and a home guard have been booked for murder. All of them have been suspended and disciplinary action has been recommended.

According to the deceased’ kin, he had gone out to sell vegetables when the policemen picked him up. They beat him brutally at the police station, said the family members. After the victim’s condition worsened, they left the spot. The injured victim was subsequently taken to the hospital. Later he succumbed to his injuries.

Police initially claimed Faisal had prima facie died of a heart attack. It was after the family and locals blocked a highway with his body till Friday midnight that the FIR was filed against Constables Vijay Choudhary and Seemavat, and home guard Satya Prakash, were charged with murder.

Satya Prakash has been arrested while the suspended constables, Vijay Chodhury and Simavat, are on the run, according to a NDTV report. “Efforts are being made to trace them. We have conducted raids at various places to trace them. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty,” the police said in a statement.

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