Tension is mounting once again in Krofrom in the Ashanti region as family members of Richmond Osei popularly known as Tawiah are angry with officials of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and the Police Service for failing to release Tawiah’s body for burial.
The final funeral rites for the 22-year-old who died after he was brutalized by the Police was scheduled to come off today Thursday June 9 in Krofrom.
However, the funeral rites have stalled because management of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital say they will only release the remains of Tawiah after they receive an official clearance from the Police Service.
According to a family member who spoke to ghnewsnow Desk, the Police command say they will only give orders for the body to be released for burial if the family accepts the autopsy report.
The Police command is also demanding an unqualified apology from the family of Tawiah for denigrating its members and raining curses on them in the aftermath of Tawiah’s death.
Irate family members say they are disappointed in the action by the Police Service adding that the decision not to release the body has cost them a lot of money.
Tawiah who was mistaken for a criminal by a Police patrol team was brutally assaulted with batons and dragged on the streets by the Police officers till he became unconscious.
He was later bundled into a Police van and sent to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
His death angered the youth of Krofom who blocked roads and burnt tires in protest of the youngman’s death.
The three Police officers were subsequently arrested by the Ashanti regional Police command.
An autopsy report conducted by the Hospital revealed that Tawiah did not die from Police brutality but from a congestive heart failure. The family have vehemently rejected the report and have rained curses on the Police officers.
The Police officers were subsequently released from custody.