Lucknow: Months after their arrest, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a chargesheet against all six accused from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the death of a Kanpur-based businessman Manish Gupta at a hotel in Gorakhpur last year.
Charges of criminal conspiracy and murder have been framed against six policemen in the chargesheet, officials told news agency PTI.
The six policemen were charged under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, which include 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.
The 36-year-old businessman died after UP Police officials raided a hotel room in Gorakhpur where the victim was meeting his friends. According to reports, six policemen including a senior inspector barged into his hotel room and assaulted Gupta. His family had alleged that the police also delayed taking him to the hospital, which led to his death.
The CBI said that on the intervening night of 27 and 28 September 2021, at around 12 o’clock, the SHO along with two sub-inspectors and three other police personnel entered a hotel room and started misbehaving.
It was also alleged that after Gupta’s protest, they (policemen) started thrashing him, injuring him seriously.
Gupta died on the spot.
Then SHO Jagat Narayan Singh, then sub-inspector Akshay Kumar Mishra, Vijay Yadav, Rahul Dubey, then head constable Kamlesh Singh Yadav and constable Prashant Kumar are the six accused in the case. All the six policemen named in the FIR are currently in jail.
Later, the autopsy report revealed that Gupta suffered multiple injuries, including a swelling in the center of his head, a cut above the elbow joint and bruises on his upper lip.
The six accused were immediately suspended by the UP Police as the state government faced severe criticism from the opposition and social media.