A police officer and two home guards who brutally thrashed and killed a software engineer in Bihar’s Bhagalpur on October 25 have been arrested on Friday, Times of India reported.
Police said the arrested officer was identified as assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Shiv Balak Prasad and home guards were Rajesh Paswan and Manoj Kumar Chaudhary. They were arrested on Friday.
Jhandapur police outpost in-charge Shiv Prasad Ramani said Pathak was returning from the temple at that time. Both bikers entered into arguments. The SHO also reached at spot same time and intervened. All of a sudden Pathak rained few punches on SHO’s face. Police then thrashed Pathak and took him to Bihpur police station in a police vehicle. There he was beaten further.”
“Arrested home guards have confessed during interrogation after arrest that suspended SHO had thrashed Pathak mercilessly with a baton until he had started bleeding,” he added.
Pathak was rushed to a nearby primary health center and then to Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JLNMCH) at Mayaganj in Bhagalpur where he died during treatment at around 3 AM on October 25.
Followed by the incident, a Twitter trend #JusticeForAshutosh also emerged. Outrageous netizens raised their voices against police brutality in the state and demanded justice for Ashutosh Pathak.