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Tharoor alleges police assault on aide to get confession

In yet another twist in his wife’s death, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has accused Delhi Police of “assaulting” and “intimidating” his domestic help into “confessing” that they both killed Sunanda Pushkar as police said it believes prima facie it is a case of murder.

A Special Investigation Team has been constituted to probe Sunanda’s death, said Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi to whom Tharoor had written a letter on November 12 last year alleging police pressure on his domestic help Narayan Singh.

In the letter, the former Union Minister had complained of “unacceptable and illegal” conduct by one of its officers who “repeatedly physically assaulted” his domestic help Singh to force him to confess that they both murdered her.

Tharoor said he and his staff had “cooperated fully” with the police probing the case.

“I was therefore shocked and appalled to learn that in the course of the 16-hour interrogation conducted by four Delhi Police officers on Friday (7/11/14) and again during the 14- hour interrogation on Saturday (8/11/14), my domestic helper Narayan Singh was repeatedly physically assaulted by one of your officers.

“Worse, the officer used the traumatic physical assault to try and intimidate Narayan into ‘confessing’ that he and I murdered my wife,” Tharoor said in the letter.

Tharoor also referred to his telephonic conversation with Bassi on November 8 when he had expressed his concerns about the alleged police action.

“As you graciously agreed, such conduct is completely unacceptable and illegal. It also amounts to the use of physical coercion in the attempt to frame an innocent man. I would request you to take immediate and appropriate action against such unlawful misconduct of the officer concerned,” he said.

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