Six policemen from the residence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have been suspended after a businessman was killed in a late-night police raid on a city hotel on Tuesday night.
Victim’s family complained that the businessman was assaulted and police believe the man’s death was an ‘accident’. He fell inside the hotel room, police say.
The deceased was identified as Manish Kumar Gupta, a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. He and two other people from different cities were in the hotel room during the raid after midnight on Tuesday. People with the victim told the media that they had come to Gorakhpur to meet a business associate and a common friend.
“The three of us were sleeping in our room. The doorbell rang around 12:30 pm. I opened the door and there were 5-7 policemen and the boy from the reception. They came into the room and started asking us. ID. Journalist. Mr. Singh Singh.” He told the media that he lives in Gurgaon, Haryana.
“They were drunk. I was slapped by a policeman. Some policemen had guns in their hands. The police then took me out. After a while, I saw Manish being dragged out of the police room and there was blood on his face,” he said. Added.
Gorakhpur police claimed they had received information that ‘suspicious’ men were staying at the hotel.
“The men were from different cities. The police team was suspicious, so they went to the room with the hotel manager. One man unfortunately died in an accident inside the house. Our team immediately transferred him there. A hospital,” Gorakhpur police chief Bipin Tada said in a statement. .
It is not clear whether the late-night raids on city hotels are part of the city’s regular policing
Victim’s wife told the media that she did not believe the police’s explanation.
“Just 10 minutes before his death, he was talking to me and then he said the police are here. I believe he later called another relative and said that the police were harassing and threatening him and asking him to take him to the police station. I want an answer to the deceased, “Meenakshi Gupta, wife of the deceased property dealer, said in a statement.