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Man dies of cardiac arrest in police custody


PUNE: Sopan Madhukar Deokar (60), an Ambegaon Khurd resident arrested by the Sinhagad police on April 10, died in police custody while undergoing treatment at the Sassoon General Hospital on Sunday night.

The state criminal investigation division (CID), Pune, has taken over the probe to seek out the cause of his dying.


Arrested on charges of selling illicit liquor, Deokar allegedly passed on to the great beyond after struggling a cardiac arrest earlier than he might be produced in courtroom for remand complaints.

The victim’s son, Adesh Deokar, said, “The CID will have to examine and attach responsibility for my father’s dying.”


The police had recovered a plastic can, containing five litres of illicit liquor, from Deokar, while he was selling it to shoppers on a field at the back of JSPM college at Narhe around 2.30pm on April 10. Cash value Rs550 was also recovered from him. He was arrested below segment 65 (d) (bottles liquor) of the Mumbai Prohibition Act.


Deputy commissioner of police (zone III) Mangesh Shinde told TOI, “Deokar was taken to the health facility for carrying out clinical check-up after his arrest. The clinical officer certified that he was suffering from speeded up hypertension because of alcohol withdrawal. He was later lodged at the lock up of the Bundgarden Police Station. The policemen there admitted him at the health facility after he suffered an epilepsy assault on April 11. We submitted to the magistrate that Deokar may not be produced earlier than the courtroom as a result of he was undergoing treatment. The victim passed on to the great beyond on Sunday around 11.45pm.”


Police officers, present at the health facility, said, “Deokar had gone through clinical treatment within the ICU on April 11 and 12. He was shifted to the overall ward on April 13. He suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was again shifted to the ICU. He passed on to the great beyond at night.”


The health facility, in its advance autopsy document, certified the cause of the victim’s dying because of “coronary artery illness” and preserved his viscera for analysis.


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