In the unfolding saga of Cipriano Fernandes’ death at the hands of the very people appointed to protect life and property, it has now come to light that the police themselves had moved the bail application to release him from their custody.
In normal circumstances, whenever anybody is detained by the police, the family member or friend of the detained person files for bail following which the presiding magistrate asks for the say of the police and based on it, bail is either granted or denied.
However, in the case of Cipriano, after he was picked up by the police on 7th January and reportedly beaten and bashed, on 8th January evening, the police themselves moved for his bail.
The reason for this appears to be the fact that Cipriano’s health had deteriorated considerably and the police wanted to protect themselves from any charges of custodian death or police brutality.
Even as Cipriano was admitted to Goa Medical College in a critical condition on 8th January, he was granted bail, thereby making him a free man at least technically. However, his freedom did not last long as he breathed his last the next morning at 6:45 am.
Currently, there are two probes into this matter. The first is being conducted by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and the police have appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police Bossuet da Silva to check whether there were any lapses on the part of the police.
The National Human Rights Commission will also study the autopsy report sent to it to come to its own conclusion. However, the chemical analysis report of the viscera, which would be a crucial factor in determining the cause of Cipriano’s death is not yet made available.