The family of the Kanpur-based businessman who died under suspicious circumstances at a Gorakhpur hotel has alleged that he was beaten to death by police during a raid.
Speaking to India Today, victim Manish Gupta’s wife Meenakshi accused the police and hotel staff of a cover-up. “My husband was murdered in that hotel, he was killed by a policeman. There was no blood on the scene even though my husband was beaten bloody. Two of his friends said that there was blood everywhere, but the hotel staff cleaned it up,” she said while weeping.
Meenakshi Gupta further said that the family has put forth three demands to the authorities: that the case be transferred to Kanpur; second, the family be given Rs 50 lakh in compensation and a job by the state government.
Manish Gupta, a 38-year-old property dealer from Kanpur, died in a hotel in Gorakhpur in the early hours of Tuesday. Police said they entered his hotel room as they were on the lookout for “suspicious persons”. They claim Manish Gupta died of a head injury sustained from falling to the ground in a state of drunkenness.
However, the victim’s family members claim he died after the policemen who entered his room attacked him.
A case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC has been registered against the six policemen and a hunt has been launched to nab them. The policemen booked for murder include JN Singh, sub-inspector Vijay Yadav and Phalmandi Police post in-charge Akshay Mishra. The authorities had also suspended the policemen, including the Ramgarhtal SHO on Tuesday, and handed over the probe to the SP city.
Kanpur DM and Police Commissioner met with Manish Gupta’s family on Wednesday and assured them of setting up a meeting with UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath.
Following the meeting, the deceased’s wife Meenakshi said she is hopeful that the CM will listen to their demands and initiate appropriate action against those responsible.
VICTIM’S BODY YET TO BE CREMATED
On Wednesday, Manish Gupta’s body was brought to his home in Para, Kanpur. However, his family refused to cremate the body till the accused are arrested. Despite attempts by the administration throughout the day, the family did not agree to give consent for the cremation.
SP Yuvjan Sabha workers protested against the state government on Wednesday, demanding immediate action against the culprits on behalf of the victim’s family.
Speaking to India today, Kanpur District Magistrate Vishakh G said that the family is satisfied with the assurances given by the administration and the decision to cremate is up to the family. He added that Rs 10 lakh has been given to the family and their demands will be put before higher authorities.
COPS VISIT VICTIM’S FAMILY, VIDEO VIRAL
A video of UP Police officers who came to meet the victim’s family is now going viral. In the video, the officials told the family members that the matter would go on for a long time in the court.
The video has sparked much criticism on social media as netizens questioned the behaviour of the police officials’ with the victim’s kin.