New Delhi: A 19-year-boy died on Monday after being allegedly beaten up by a constable at a Dussehra fair in Narela area, even as hundreds of agitated locals blocked the National Highway near outer Delhi’s Singhu border over the incident.
“The constable has been placed under suspension and an enquiry into the matter has been initiated. Further action shall be taken accordingly,” said DCP Vikramjit Singh. The protesters placed the body of the victim, identified as Rajan on NH1 and cried slogans against Delhi Police.
The teenager was allegedly thrashed by constable Pramod Kumar (26), posted at Narela police station in north-west Delhi, at a Dussehra fair on October 21. An argument broke out between the victim and a man at the ticket counter, who alleged that the boy had offered him a fake Rs 1,000 note for the ticket to a ride, police said. Kumar, who was deployed at the fair, intervened and allegedly beat up the boy, said a police official.
When the boy collapsed, a police team rushed him to Raja Harish Chandra Hospital from where he was later referred to LNJP hospital. However, no casualties have been reported and no case of rioting has yet been registered, said a police official. The situation came under control after senior officials, including the DCP, intervened and assured them justice, the official added.