By Muslim Mirror Staff
32-year-old Qasim Abdullah Hayat was found dead at Godhra B Division police station in Gujarat on Tuesday. He was arrested on charges of transporting beef.
Police said he died by suicide while his family alleges that he was tortured at the lock-up before his death. They demanded a probe into his demise, The Indian Express reported.
A relative of the deceased was quoted by TIE as saying, “I met Qasim on September 14 at the police station. He told me that the police beat him up and were forcing him to confess that he was carrying beef. When I came with his tiffin and tea this morning around 7.30am, police did not let me in… They did not tell me that he had died. Someone from the police station told us that he was tortured the previous night.”
According to the FIR registered by the police, on September 14, the police patrol team received a tip-off that the accused was carrying cow meat on a two-wheeler from Sevaliya to Godhra, following which a team intercepted the two-wheeler at the Godhra Bhamaiyya overbridge.
The accused have been booked under the Indian Penal Code Section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle), the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 Section 11 (treating animals cruelly), and under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2017