Israel Khan, 30, a resident of Gokul Singh Ka Chak in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh allegedly died in police custody on November 21.

On 19 November, Khan went to the Alami Tablighi Ijtema (International Islamic congregation) which was being held at Eintkhedi in Bhopal district from November 18 to 21.

Two days later, on the afternoon of 21 November, Khan boarded Bhopal-Gwalior Intercity Express and deboarded at Guna railway station at around 8:20 PM. He hailed an auto and while he was on his way to his home, four policemen stopped the auto and detained him.

“He was on a phone call with his mother-in-law at that time. When she heard the commotion, she alerted the family,” said Aslam Khan, 40, uncle of Israel Khan.

Khan was detained at Kushmuda Police Chowki (Post) which comes under the jurisdiction of Police Station Cantt, Guha. When Khan’s father, Munawwar Khan, 55, reached the police post at around 9:10 PM, he was being thrashed by policemen, Aslam Khan said to Maktoob.

“My brother told me he could hear the screams of his son, Israel Khan,” he added.

Aslam Khan alleged that seven people; four policemen — Ravinder Solanki, Shivkumar Raghuvanshi,  Pran Singh, Lakhan Jatav and three agents (khabri) of police — two of whom, Saddam and Shaitan have association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) beat up his nephew. The third agent was Chetan.

When Khan’s father protested, he was pushed aside.

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