Tripura cops suspended after man’s custodial death

Agartala: Two Tripura policemen, including an officer, were suspended for their negligence of duty in a police station, where a 38-year-old man was found dead during police custody, official said on Tuesday.
The man — Sushanta Ghosh (38) — was arrested on Friday from his house in Lankamura on the outskirts of the state capital in connection with huge cash theft from Agartala city ATMs using cloning devices by the two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals.
Police claimed that the youth committed suicide on Sunday at the West Agartala police station.
“A sub-inspector of police and a constable were suspended for their negligence of duty in the police station during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday,” a police official said.
The issue has rocked the state politics forcing Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb to order a magisterial inquiry into the death of Ghosh, who was arrested following the interrogations of the Turkish and Bangladeshi nationals.
The official said that the police authority has also appointed a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) to investigate the matter.
According to the official, the man was involved in connection with the stealing of huge amount of cash from ATMs in Agartala using cloning devices by two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals, who were arrested at Belgharia (under North 24 Parganas district) in West Bengal in November and are now being interrogated by the intelligence and cyber crime branch officials in Agartala.
Meanwhile, the Tripura government on Monday transferred 32 senior police officers, including the Superintendent of Police (Cyber Crime) Sharmistha Chakraborty, who was probing the ATM robberies. (IANS)

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