3 policemen who beat up ‘thief’ causing his death arrested

The Mumbai Crime Branch have arrested three policemen of Vanrai police station for publicly beating up a person after he was identified as a thief at an exhibition and later allegedly assaulting him in a police lock-up, which led to his death.

Head constable Chandrakant Rajajjram Kambale, 52, police naik Kiran Dattatray Pingale, 38 and constable Umesh Gosavi from Goregaon police station were arrested Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Manoj Salve alias Aniket Khichhi, 20, a resident of Kurla.

Police said Salve and his accomplice Prakash Chavan, 30 were caught while trying to commit theft at the Fire Safety Exhibition organised at Mumbai Exhibition Centre (NESCO), Goregaon (East) on October 26. The crowd at the exhibition beat up the duo after they tried to flee. The police officers also allegedly joined in and assaulted the duo, they added. A probe revealed the duo were taken to the Vanrai police station. During interrogation, Salve felt uneasy. He was rushed to the Cooper hospital, where he was declared dead.

Following Salve's death, his family and relatives protested outside the police station and vandalised it. They demanded that the police officers be booked for murder. An accidental death report has been registered at the police station and the unit-12 of the crime branch was ordered to probe the case. Meanwhile, doctors mentioned in their report that Salve died of external injuries. On October 29, crime branch officials registered a case of murder against the police officers involved in Salve's assault.

"Kambale, Pingale and Gosavi were arrested and produced before the Esplanade court Wednesday. They have been remanded them in police custody till December 30", said a crime branch officer.

The crime branch officers also went through the CCTV camera installed at the exhibition, in which they saw the police officers beating up Salve. However, their faces are not clear. They have also noted the negligence on the part of the police personnel. "The officers did not rush the injured to the hospital. Instead, they took him to the police station, which delayed his treatment," said a crime branch officer.

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