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Custodial death: CBI submits CCTV footages of two stations

July 16, 2014

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday submitted an investigation report to the Bombay high court in the alleged custodial killing case of Agnelo Valdaris, who died in Wadala railway police station custody in April.

Seven accused policemen have been charged of murder and under section of the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POCSA). This is the first case against policemen to be investigated under POCSA. The high court had recently transferred the investigations from state criminal investigation department to CBI, observing that CID investigations shows complete insensitivity by them.

The CBI submitted the report in a sealed envelope which was perused by the court and returned back to the agency. A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and PD Kode, informed advocate Yug Choudhry, that CBI had seized the hard disk of the computers storing the CCTV footage at Wadala and Reay Road railway stations. The court has given four weeks time to the agency to carry out their investigations and submit a report.

Valdaris and three others were allegedly tortured and sexually abused at the Wadala railway police station on April 18. The police detained the four friends to get information about a gold chain they had allegedly stolen. The police claim that Valdaris was run over by a train while he was trying to escape.

Credit:dna correspondent

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