Mumbai, Mar 30 (PTI) The kin of a 22-year-old Mumbai
man on Monday alleged he was beaten to death by police after
he was found outdoors during the lockdown in place for the
novel coronavirus outbreak, a charge denied by officials who
said the man was lynched when he was out to commit a robbery.
The man, identified as Raju Velu Devendra, lost his
life in Nehru Nagar locality of Vile Parle (East), his brother
"Raju and some of us were moving towards a relative''s
house at 1am today when the police started chasing us. They
caught hold of Raju and told us he was being taken to Juhu
police station. However, at 6am, a policeman came and told us
Raju was lying at Nehru Nagar Chowk," he claimed.
"We rushed him to Cooper Hospital where doctors
declared him dead on arrival. We found injury marks on his
body. We saw 8-9 policemen beating him," he claimed.
Refuting the allegations, Additional Commissioner of
Police (West) Manoj Sharma said," He was not beaten by the
police but by local residents when he went to commit a
robbery. He has a criminal background. No FIR has been
registered as yet. We are awaiting medical reports." PTI ZA