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A STORY OF ‘SUICIDE’ AND SURVIVAL: Death in the custody of Vijay Vihar Police Station

18 Dec 2011

The newspapers on the 3rd of November 2010 reported a death in the premises of Vijay Vihar P.S. of a 25 year old youth named Vikas. These reports suggested that Vikas had an affair with a woman married to another man. On that specific day Vikas called up police assistance at 100 after he entered into a fight with the husband of the women he reportedly loved. Thereafter Vikas committed suicide inside the police station where he was kept. PUDR‟s team investigated this death. We met senior police officials of Vijay Vihar Police Station, a photographer/journalist who is a witness, the woman who allegedly had an affair with the deceased and the Metropolitan Magistrate investigating the case. While the police claimed this death to be a case of suicide, and not a custodial death, there is credible evidence which point to torture and killing and then attempts at covering it up.

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