Under attack from the opposition and NGOs for the death of a 26-year-old-youth in police custody last month in Sangli district, the Maharashtra minister of state for home Deepak Kesarkar will on Thursday meet senior officers from the home department to put in place a roadmap to avoid such incidents in future.The government proposes to hold the police station in-charge accountable and answerable, and they will be sensitized about their responsibilities and behaviour to curb custodial deaths.Kesarkar said that the government has taken the case very seriously. He told DNA,’’ The government wants to fix responsibility of the security of the accused on the in charge of the police stations and also controlling authorities. The home department has received several suggestions based on which a comprehensive plan of action will be put in place to curb custodial deaths in Maharashtra jointly by the departments of home and law and judiciary after the consent of the chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.’’On November 8, Aniket Ashok Kothale, who was arrested on charges of robbery by Sangli district police, was allegedly beaten to death while in custody by five policemen including a police sub-inspector (PSI). Reports suggest that his body was burnt in Amboli Ghat to destroy evidence in Amboli Ghat. The cops, however, claimed that the youth had fled from custody. After much hue and cry the five police were suspended, and the state government transferred the senior cops out of Sangli district to avoid further criticism.Kesarkar’s initiative is important as Maharashtra ranked first with 22 police custodial deaths between January 1, 2016 and December 7, 2016. This was followed by Gujarat which recorded 12 deaths.According to the union home ministry data, a total of 308 people died in police custody in the three years from 2013 to 2015 — including 75 in Maharashtra which led in the number of such deaths in each of these years
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Sangli custody death: Roadmap prepared to prevent such incidnets; in-charge cops to be held responsible