Youth dies in police custody, mob set jeep on fire in protest

Feb 14 (PTI) A youth — arrested for creating nuisance in public — allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ventilator of the lock-up, triggering a protest by locals which set on fire a police jeep and damaged some motorcycles near here today, officials said.
Billu and Krishan were arrested yesterday at Hansi, about 26 km from here, for fighting in public place, police said.
Billu, in his early 20”s, was found hanging from the ventilator of the police lock-up today, they said.
The incident triggered a protest by locals, which set on fire a jeep belonging to Hansi SHO and damaged vehicle of another police official. The mob also damaged some motorcycles of policemen parked outside the police station, they said.
Accusing the police of torturing Billu to death, the protesters also damaged DSP Amrik Singh”s jeep and set on fire Sisaipul police outpost on Hansi-Barwala road.
The protesters demanded action against the policemen responsible for Billu”s death.
Meanwhile, Hisar SP Hanif Qureshi reached the spot and assured the mob that action would be taken against policeman if found guilty.
Additional police personnel have been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.

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