In the case of a woman found dead during an operation to catch her father who is a habitual, repeat offender, the post mortem report states that there was no internal or external injury to the body, the superintendent of police told the press. Several videos of the incident had gone viral, putting pressure on the higher authorities in Uttar Pradesh Police to investigate the matter.
The post-mortem report, according to SP Ankur Agarwal, stated that the cause of death of the 24-year-old woman was not clear and so a viscera sample had been preserved for testing. The report mentions that there were no injury marks found anywhere on the body. There was no internal or external injury.
However, two marks were found on the woman’s body, a scratch in the front of the throat and minor bruising 0.5 cm below the left jaw. Neither injury could have caused the death and neither suggests the woman was raped, which a section of the media reported her brother had alleged.
Another section of the media interviewed the victim’s sister, Gunja Yadav, who said the policemen had raided their house without a warrant, beaten her elder sister and hanged her using a sari to pass it off as suicide.
Yesterday, the news of the death of this 24-year-old woman from Village Manrajpur in Chandauli went viral through videos that suggested she had died after allegedly being thrashed by the police who had turned up at her house to arrest her father.
The woman was Nisha Yadav, whose father Kanhaiya Yadav has several cases of crime registered against him, say the police. Kanhaiya Yadav, however, pleads innocence. He says the police have been harassing him, a small-time shopkeeper dealing in construction material, for the past eight years.
Kanhaiya Yadav says he has only two cases running against him, of which one is under Section 151 of the IPC (unlawful assembly) and the other is the Goonda Act, against which he had appealed to the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which is pending.
Different media outlets are reporting that Nisha Yadav was 19 or 21-year-old and using the word “girl” rather than “woman” to describe her although the age of adulthood is officially 18 years. The police say she was 24-year-old.
Based on a complaint filed by Nisha’s family, an FIR was ordered against the police personnel. Her family alleged she was thrashed to death by the police. The SHO of Syed Raja police station has been suspended, but the SP said he hadn’t spoken to the SHO as yet.
Protests against the police erupted in the village following the death of Nisha Yadav. The protesters damaged public property and took recourse to arson.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party head Akhilesh Yadav staged a protest sit-in against the ‘killing’ of Nisha Yadav. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said Akhilesh Yadav “baukhla gaye hain (had lost his mind)”. Maurya said, “If some policemen are found guilty, the law will not spare them.”