Gorakhpur hotel raid: 4 cops booked for bizman’s death

GORAKHPUR: An FIR under the charges of murder was registered against Ramgarhtal police station inspector JN Singh, Phalmandi police post in-charge Akshay Mishra and two constables on Wednesday after a 36-year-old real estate businessman Manish Gupta of Kanpur died receiving injuries during a late evening verification drive by police at a hotel in Gorakhpur.
On Tuesday, Gorakhpur SSP, Vipin Tada, had suspended six policemen, including the police station in-charge, who were present at the scene and SP (city) Gorakhpur was directed to probe the incident.
The victim – Manish Gupta of Kanpur- and Pradeep Chauhan, Hardeep Singh 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 after which Chandan left with plans for sight-seeing with his friends the next morning.
According to Hardeep Singh, it was around midnight when police reached his room and asked him to provide identity proof. “When I questioned them about the manner in which they had barged in, I was slapped even after I showed them my Aadhaar card. I gave them Chandan’s number and they spoke to him as well. They then woke up Manish who too questioned them on disturbing them so late in the night,” Hardeep said.
On being questioned, the police started thrashing Manish while Hardeep was whisked away out of the room. Minutes later he saw the police dragging Manish out of the room.
Manish had blood on his face, said Hardeep, adding that some of the policemen appeared drunk. The police took Manish to the hospital where he died.
Later Manish’s father and wife reached Gorakhpur and accused the police of having thrashed the businessman to death.

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