Four police officers have been suspended as a watchdog continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapse and death of a disabled father-of-five as officers swooped to arrest one of his sons.
As reported in the YEP, Nazim Din, 54, collapsed and died just yards from his home in Wortley on August 28.
The former taxi-boss – who used a walking stick and had recently suffered a slipped disc – had a suspected heart attack while apparently trying to tell police that they had arrested the wrong son over a criminal damage allegation. He was not being arrested himself. His funeral is being held later today.
Watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation following the tragedy in Grasmere Court last Wednesday night, amid suggestions Mr Din had been pushed by an officer.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “West Yorkshire Police has suspended two police officers and two PCSOs, as part of this ongoing investigation.
“The suspension of the officers is in response to the initial investigation by the IPCC.
“West Yorkshire Police is providing its full cooperation to the investigation.
“The IPCC is continuing to investigate the incident.”
Mr Din’s 34-year-old son, who was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
The family of Mr Din will finally be able to lay him to rest today after three separate post mortems.
Nephew Saeed Khan told the YEP his uncle’s tragic death happened during a period of celebration, when many members of his family – including his elderly mother – had flown to Pakistan to take part in another relative’s wedding.
Mr Din’s mum Saira Bi, who is in her 80s, flew back to England the day after her son’s death.
Other family members have also been flying back over the last few days.
Mr Khan said many of the family were still struggling to cope with the sudden loss of their family’s lynchpin.
“Nobody has been able to see his body up until now, so I think it’s really going to hit everyone at the funeral,” he said.
Referring to the IPCC investigation, Mr Khan said that the latest development was a relief for the family, and it was comforting to know that “something is happening” and the investigation was moving forward.
Anyone with information should contact the IPCC on Grasmere@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or 0800 096 9074.
Thousands expected at funeral
Thousands are expected to gather at the Bilal Mosque in Harehills for the funeral of Nazim Din today.
The service will be held at 2pm after the traditional Friday prayers.
He will be buried at Cottingley cemetery.
Mr Din was well known across the community, having co-run the Blue Line taxi firm for many years alongside his brother.
He is survived by his mother, brother, four sisters, five children, his wife and seven grandchildren.
Paying tribute last week, Mr Din’s family said he was “a loving husband and a doting father of five children who he leaves behind.
“Nazim had much to live for and did not deserve to die in the way that he did,” the family said. “He was a law-abiding and peaceful man.”