A 35-year-old man died in police custody in Amethi following which two policemen have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the case, a police official said on Monday.

Superintendent of Police Khyati Garg said the man was caught on suspicion of theft on Saturday and later died in custody. Family members of the deceased, identified him as Ram Avtar. They have alleged that police beat him to death at the Inhauna police outpost. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered to look into all the aspects of the case.

Outpost in-charge Dhirendra Verma and station in-charge Gyanchand Shukla have been placed under suspension with immediate effect, the SP said, adding a panel of doctors carried out the post-mortem which has also been videographed.

IG, Ayodhya, Sanjiv Kumar visited the district and held a meeting with police officers in this connection, the SP added.

According to number of cases registered by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the basis of intimation received about judicial custodial deaths, Police custodial deaths in Uttar Pradesh during 2017 to 2018 the number of judicial custodial deaths is 365 and police custodial deaths are nine.