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Hoshiarpur, August 19
Death of a youth in police custody sparked a protest at Dasuya town, 40 km from here, this afternoon. A large number of residents led by the father of the deceased staged a dharna and blocked traffic for more than two hours on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway and on Dasuya-Talwara road at the Hajipur crossing.

When SP (H) Opinderjit Singh Ghuman pacified the protesters that a case had been registered, only then the blockade was lifted and traffic resumed.

The protest was held after Mandip Kumar (26), of the local ward No. 4 died in police custody at the Dasuya police station this morning. He had been arrested by the police on August 17 in connection with the theft of two mobile phones, some cash and ornaments from the house of Baldev Mittar Rishi of the same ward. The police raided the tea stall of Mandip and recovered the mobiles. He was arrested and produced in a court at Dasuya yesterday. He was remanded in police custody for two days.

The protesters alleged that Mandip had died of police torture. They demanded that SHO Munish Kumar and ASI Avtar Singh, investigation officer, should be booked.

Sources said Mandip committed suicide by touching naked electric wires.

Deputy commissioner D.K. Tiwari said he had deputed the SDM, Dasuya, to conduct an inquiry into the matter and had instructed the district police authorities to shift the SHO and the ASI.

The SP (H) stated that a case under Section 306 of the IPC had been registered against the SHO and the ASI. Both had been suspended.

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