The victim’s family rejected the police theory of suicide and demanded justice and strict punishment for those responsible for his death.

The family said police are showing a letter purportedly signed by the victim’s father, which gives a clean chit to the men in khaki, and alleged that it was obtained under pressure.

Abrar Ahmad, the paternal uncle of Altaf who died in police custody in Kasganj on Tuesday, told reporters here that the letter that carries Altaf’s father’s thumb impression “has been managed through police pressure”.

Abrar said the Kasganj police has given a sum of Rs 5 lakh to one of the family members but he is not aware as to whom the money was handed over as his brother is in no condition to speak.

Speaking to National Herald, Chand Miya said that over the last four days leaders of various political parties including from Congress, Samajwadi Party, Lok Dal and others came to meet and console the family, but no one from the ruling party ever came. “Am I not a citizen of this country?” He asked.

Samajwadi Party spokesman Abdul Hafiz Gandhi, who has been with the bereaved family for the last four days, said that the FIR for murder is the first step in getting justice for Altaf, though the FIR still does not have the names of the policemen on duty that night.

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