Even as the authorities have called for an investigation into the alleged custodial death of Cipriano Fernandes, the autopsy report has revealed six injuries on the deceased strengthening the charge of police brutality.
According to media reports, six injuries including head injuries were found on the body of the deceased by the Forensic Department of Goa Medical College even though the cause of death is reserved awaiting the report of the viscera as the deceased was an alcoholic who was treated earlier for it.
Cipriano was admitted to GMC on 8th January night and died the next morning at around 6:45. He was picked up by the police on 7th January acting upon a complaint from a lady against Cipriano.
Eyewitnesses claim that police beat Cipriano even while he was being pushed into the police vehicle and alleged that he was tortured in the police lock up.
As per the laid down procedure, a copy of the autopsy report along with the CD of the post mortem recording has been sent to the National Human Rights Commission.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat assured that an enquiry in the matter will be conducted by an officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police. The assurance came in the wake of a demand for a judicial enquiry made by the family members of Cipriano.
In another development, taking suo moto cognizance of the media reports, State Police Complaints Authority chairman Justice Eurico Santana da Silva has initiated inquiry proceedings against Panjim police personnel for “gross misconduct” and asked Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas to submit the facts of the case to him.
Meanwhile, Utt Goenkara has demanded that the police officials involved in the torture should be immediately suspended following the disclosures in the post-mortem report and reiterated their demand for a judicial probe into the matter.