New Delhi: Indian state Haryana’s chief minister M L Khattar said today that the death of a 15-year-old dalit boy accused of stealing a pigeon in Gohana is a case of suicide and that the boy was not being interrogated.

"No interrogation was going on. The family came to the police station with a complaint and went back home after the matter was resolved," Khattar said at a news conference today.

The family claims the boy, Govind, died in police custody and that police had demanded money for his release. They allege that police took the boy to the police station on the complaint of theft and later demanded Rs 15,000 to release him. They say that when they went to the police station with money, they were told that Govind had been released. The family also claims the boy was brutally beaten.

"Suicide was committed in the night. Official report is yet to come," Khattar said.

A postmortem report shows the 15-year-old boy died of hanging. Doctors, who conducted the postmortem, said that there was no injury mark on the body.

Some members of the 'Gadia lohar' community had on Wednesday approached the Sonepat police charging the boy with the theft of a pigeon and demanded appropriate action against him, police said.

The incident comes close on the heels of two Dalit children being burnt alive at Sunped village in Faridabad.

The chief minister said that the law and order situation in the state is fine. "Individual incidents shouldn't be given communal colour," he said.