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Ahmedabad: Cancer patient dies in police custody


The custodial death of a cancer patient, who was running a gambling den in Ahmedabad, in the lockup of Vejalpur police station created a stir in the police administration on Sunday. Police have now sent the body for postmortem to ascertain the cause of death.

Notably, the state monitoring cell on Saturday raided the area under Vejalpur police station and registered a case against Abdul Qadir, who was running a gambling den, and eight others. They were arrested for gambling and handed over to Vejalpur police station at around 2 am on Sunday.

A primary investigation by the police revealed that Abdul Qadir was undergoing treatment for cancer for a long time.

What had happened?

The state monitoring cell officials raided the Mohammad Shoaib Society near Sonal Cinema in Ahmedabad’s Vejalpur area. The officials arrested eight gamblers and seized 1.93 lakh in cash from them.

The state monitoring cell team comprising of ASI Jayendrasinh Lalsinh, constable Sanjay Vithoba arrested Abdul Qadir for allegedly running the gambling den. This apart, gamblers Tarun Parikh, Ashok Soni, Kamlesh Soni, Mayur Soni, Murtaja Qureshi, Chandrakant Mistry and Mohhamedkhan Ahmed Pathan were arrested by the cops.

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Also, Rajesh Vaniya and landlord Akbarmiya Mansurmiya Sheikh, who brought gamblers to the place in autorickshaw, were also booked.

What did police say?

Zone 7 DCP Premsukh Dalu said the state monitoring cell raided the gambling den on Saturday and nabbed eight accused.

“The custody of the accused was handed over to Vejalpur police at 2 am on Sunday. One of them, Abdul Qadir, died in police custody this morning. Abdul Qadir had cancer. He had been receiving treatment for a long time.”

“However, since he died in police custody, we will investigate the matter as per the rules. Abdul Qadir’s body has been sent for post mortem. The exact cause of death is likely to be ascertained after the post mortem report,” the DCP said.


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