The Delhi Police FIR, four months later, in the death of Faizan, 23, who was seen in video clips being beaten by cops to sing the national anthem during the Northeast Delhi riots and whose family says he was later tortured in custody before he was released and died in hospital — makes no mention of an accused or the videos, according to a report in HuffPost India.
The video which had gone viral and sparked outrage across the country was independently verified by Alt.news with the help of a second video of the same incident. In the first video, members of the Delhi Police can be seen forcing five individuals, visibly severely injured and lying on the ground, to sing the national anthem. Police personnel could be heard abusing the five men, taunting them with the word “Azadi,” and urging them to sing better.
“The second video of the same incident shot from the rooftop of a building shows a policeman filming the incident on his mobile phone camera and another policeman beating the five youths with batons and kicking one of the men lying on the ground. A man’s voice is heard in the background saying: “This is not Delhi police, they’re RSS goondas,” according to fact-checking portal Alt.news.
Despite pressing video evidence, shot on a mobile camera, the Delhi police have not named any policemen as accused in the case.
On 27 February, one of the five men, identified in news reports as Faizan, a resident of Kardampuri, died from his injuries.
The police statement says that the victim Faizan and four others had been thrashed by a mob in Jaffrabad during the violence and the police had taken them to hospital. That is why an FIR had been registered against unknown people and a probe is underway.
But Faizan’s family had alleged custody torture. His brother Naeem said it was the family that had taken Faizan to a local doctor after the police released him on February 26. The doctor had told the NDTV news channel that Faizan’s blood pressure and pulse were low and that he appeared to have suffered head injuries and internal injuries.
“My brother was beaten with iron rods and his legs and arms were broken. First, he was beaten on the road and then inside the police lockup,” said Naeem while speaking to media channels.
Naeem said he suspected that the police had not recorded the detention of Faizan. He said that when the police released his brother, they neither asked the family to sign on a register nor issued a memo warning Faizan against repeating his alleged act, as is the usual practice.
TheHuffPost article has put together the timeline of the events and all the suspicious details, officials are trying to omit in the case proceeding. Having been passed 3 months since the death of the 23-year-old, the police are yet to file a chargesheet in the case.
If the video footage and the statements from the victim’s family are to be believed, there arise few questions without any answer —
Is Delhi police shielding its men in the killing off 23-year-old? Why have the Union home minister’s face recognition technology failed that was being used to identify the rioters? Why does Delhi Police’s version of the circumstances around Faizan’s death differ from the details in Faizan’s death certificate issued by the hospital?
Input From: HuffingtonPost