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Panic as suspect dies in police custody

Police in Gulu have commenced investigations into the death of a suspect in police custody following his arrest on allegations of smoking marijuana.

The deceased is Emmy Obal, a 17 year old resident of Tegwana Parish, Pece –Laroo Division in Gulu City who allegedly succumbed to the injuries he sustained after jumping off a speeding police patrol vehicle that was transporting him and his colleagues to Gulu Central Police Station following their arrest.

According to David Mudong Ongom, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Obal was arrested on Thursday night from Tegwana Parish alongside three others they were caught smoking marijuana.   However, the deceased jumped off a police truck in an attempt to escape and sustained serious injuries.

The deceased’s body has been conveyed to Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary pending postmortem as investigations continue.

The deceased’s family has however refuted the information shared by police, with his grandmother, Santa Lamara claiming that her grandson was assaulted by police officers conducting the patrol in the area.    

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