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Cops arrested for custodial death

Four policemen accused in custodial death of 38 year-old, picked up on suspicion of murder, have been apprehended; three on the run

The criminal investigation department (CID) arrested four police constables and are on the lookout for another three absconding constables from Ulhasnagar, for their alleged involvement in the custodial killing of a local last year.


Dwarkanath Karale (left) and Anil Sangle (right). Pic/Navneet Barhate

The four policemen from the Central Police Station, Anil Sangle, Ashok Bhosale, Dwarkanath Karale and Prakash Salve, have been slapped with a number of charges. They were produced in the Kalyan Court on Saturday and remanded in police custody till Monday.

According to CID officials, 38 year-old Narayan Rathod, who worked in different factories and workshops, was picked up by policemen from the Central police station on February 28, 2011 on the suspicion of murdering his father- and mother in-law. The dead bodies of Rathod's in-laws -- Govardhan Das Dalwani (70) and his wife Kavita (65) -- was recovered from their residence three days earlier. They had been murdered and robbed off their cash and jewellery.

Later that night, the police admitted Rathod at the Central Hospital after he complained of vomiting and chest pain. He, however, could not recover and died during treatment. When contacted, Shivaji Rathod, deputy commissioner of police (DCP), Ulhasnagar, said, "The CID has arrested four policemen. The department is further investigating the matter." The three absconding policemen are DC Chavhan, Thepne and Koli .

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