Youth dies in police custody, mob set jeep on fire in protest

Hisar (Haryana), Feb 14 (PTI) A youth -- arrested forcreating nuisance in public -- allegedly committed suicide byhanging himself from the ventilator of the lock-up, triggeringa protest by locals which set on fire a police jeep anddamaged some motorcycles near here today, officials said.

Billu and Krishan were arrested yesterday at Hansi, about26 km from here, for fighting in public place, police said.

Billu, in his early 20''s, was found hanging from theventilator of the police lock-up today, they said.

The incident triggered a protest by locals, which set onfire a jeep belonging to Hansi SHO and damaged vehicle ofanother police official. The mob also damaged some motorcyclesof policemen parked outside the police station, they said.

Accusing the police of torturing Billu to death, theprotesters also damaged DSP Amrik Singh''s jeep and set on fireSisaipul police outpost on Hansi-Barwala road.

The protesters demanded action against the policemenresponsible for Billu''s death.

Meanwhile, Hisar SP Hanif Qureshi reached the spot andassured the mob that action would be taken against policemanif found guilty.

Additional police personnel have been deployed in thearea to prevent any untoward incident.

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