Rajasthan RTI activist dies in police custody

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Jaipur, Oct 7 (IANS) A Right to Information (RTI) activist has allegedly died in police custody in Rajasthan’s Barmer after which the district’s Superintendent of Police (SP) took disciplinary action against eight of the station’s staffers.

SP Sharad Chowdhary said: “Three people including the RTI activist Jagdish Golia were brought to the Pachpadra police station on Sunday following a complaint received against them for indulging in a fight. All three of them were cousins and the fight broke out due to some land dispute.”

While the activist’s cousins were granted bail after being produced before a tehsildar, Golia’s health deteriorated when he was to be produced before the former.

He was immediately rushed to the Nahata Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Further investigation is on in the case, Chowdhary added.

An FIR has been registered against the police staff which also includes a Station House Officer (SHO).

Golia’s post-mortem will be conducted in the presence of the District Magistrate and the Judicial Magistrate.

–IANS

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