Bizman death: 6 cops booked for murder in Gorakhpur

GORAKHPUR: Taking strong cognizance of the death of Kanpur businessman Manish Gupta at a hotel here on Monday night during a police raid, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday ordered Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the family of the deceased and speedy action in the case, following which the police registered a case of murder against six policemen.
Manish Gupta, 36, a Kanpur-based businessman, died of injuries sustained during a police verification drive at a hotel in Gorakhpur’s Ramgarhtal area on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday, SSP Gorakhpur Vipin Tada had suspended six policemen in this connection.
“The CM has announced Rs 10 lakh financial assistance for Manish Gupta’s family and expressed his heartfelt condolences over the death,” said DM Vijay Kiran Anand.
The SSP said that a case has been lodged against Ramgarhtal police station inspector JN Singh, Phalmandi police post in-charge sub-inspector (SI) Akshay Mishra, SI Vijay Yadav and three unidentified policemen under section 302 of IPC. Police have launched a search for the accused.
Earlier, when Manish’s wife Meenakshi reached Gorakhpur late Tuesday night, she accused the police of having thrashed her husband to death. After the postmortem, she refused to take the body and demanded stem action against the accused cops. When the Gorakhpur police registered a case of murder against six policemen, the family took the body to Kanpur.
Meenakshi has thanked the CM for help and appealed to him for an impartial probe into the matter.
She said her husband’s body bore injury marks. “My husband was bleeding profusely but there was no sign of blood in the room. I found only light traces of blood at two places,” she told reporters.
She lamented that “now her son will never be able to meet his father who was going to celebrate his fifth birthday on October 16”.
Manish of Kanpur and Pradeep Chauhan and Hardeep Chauhan, both from Gurugram, had checked in the hotel on Monday Morning on a single identity card. The three had reached Gorakhpur on the invitation of a friend, Chandan Saini, a resident of Mahadeva Bazar in Sikriganj area of Gorakhpur. In the evening, the four spent time talking in the room and Saini left with plans of sight-seeing the next morning.
According to Hardeep, police barged into their room around midnight and asked for their identity proof. Police slapped him even after he showed his Aadhaar card, and when Manish questioned them on disturbing them so late in the night, they thrashed Manish and whisked Hardeep out of the room.
Hardeep said that minutes later, he saw the police dragging Manish. He said the policemen appeared to be drunk. Manish had blood on his face. Police took him to hospital where he died.

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