Highlights

  • Businessman dead after midnight police raid at Gorakhpur hotel
  • Family says victim was beaten by cops, Gorakhpur police denies
  • Six policemen suspended after victim's family's complaint

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In a bizarre and shocking incident, a businessman died in a midnight police raid on a hotel in UP's Gorakhpur on Tuesday. Family blames cops, but police say death an "accident"

In a bizarre and shocking incident, a businessman died in a midnight police raid on a hotel in UP's Gorakhpur on Tuesday.

The victim Manish Kumar was a resident of Kanpur and was visiting Gorakhpur for some business  He was staying at a hotel with two other people. His family has alleged that the businessman was assaulted while the police maintain the man's death was an 'accident'. He fell inside the hotel room, say police.

Six policemen have been suspended after the incident and an FIR has been filed against them on a complaint by the wife of the dead businessman.

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₹10 lakh will be paid as compensation to the businessman's family as directed by the Chief Minister, said police.

One of the men staying with Gupta at the hotel told mediapersons that cops knocked at their room at midnight and threatened them. He also alleged that the policemen appeared drunk and assaulted the occupants. "A while later, I saw Manish was being dragged out of the room by the cops and there was blood all over his face," he added.

The Gorakhpur Police claim they had received information about 'suspicious' men staying at the hotel.

The victim's wife told the media she was not convinced with the police's explanation.

"Just 10 minutes before his death, he was speaking to me and then he cut the call saying the cops are here. I believe he later called another relative saying the police were harassing and threatening him and asking him to accompany them to the police station. I want answers to how he died," Meenakshi Gupta, the wife of the dead property dealer, said.

 

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