Five police personnel have been suspended and a judicial inquiry ordered into the death of a youth who had met with an accident late night on Tuesday but his family members alleged that he died after being brutally thrashed by police inside a police station in Bhopal.

The deceased, Shivam Mishra, whose father is a clerk in the Police Cyber Cell, had met with an accident after his car hit a road divider in the Bairagarh area of Bhopal at around 11: 45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Shivam’s friend, who was also in the car at the time of the accident, alleged that police arrived at the spot and took him and Shivam to the Bairagarh Police station.

The friend also claimed that Shivam had not received any major injuries in the accident and he was fine. However, the friend has accused some police personnel of the Bairagarh police station of brutally thrashing Shivam in police custody, which resulted in grave injuries and he had to be sent to the Hamidia hospital at around 2:30 a.m. Shivam died after some time.

Shivam’s father, Suresh Mishra also alleged that Shivam was killed by the policemen who brutally thrashed him.

Bhopal inspector general of police (IG) Yogesh Deshmukh said Bairagarh Police station town inspector (TI) Ajay Mishra, sub inspector Rajesh Tiwari and constables Bohran Singh, Rajkumar Bhatnagar and Gangaram have been suspended in the matter.

A judicial inquiry has also been ordered in the matter and judge Rohit Shrivastava has been entrusted to carry out the inquiry.

MP home minister Bala Bachchan said five police personnel have already been suspended and stringent action would also be taken if the charges of the youth’s death in police custody due to brutal thrashing by policemen were found correct. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan alleged that the police brutality in the matter was shocking. He said mere suspension of the involved police personnel was not enough.