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Atul Patankar

FIR against 12 cops for detaining, beating man

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As reported by Utkarsh Anand at www.expressindia.com on 30 May 2009

 

New Delhi The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has lodged an FIR against 12 personnel, including the station house officer, of the Mukherjee Nagar police station, under charges of custodial torture, abduction and fudging of records.

 

 

This comes a year after the area magistrate concerned ordered Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal to register an FIR against the police personnel and initiate investigations into a complaint filed by one Neeraj Mishra, an IAS aspirant, living in the Mukherjee Nagar locality.

An FIR was lodged on May 22 against SHO Indira Sharma and others after the magistrate directed so, in the wake of them failing to get any reprieve from the sessions court against a lower court’s order that had come in April last year. Mishra had approached the court seeking an FIR against the cops, alleging they on April 10 last year beat him up inside the police station after detaining him illegally.

 

As per the complaint filed by him, it started due to his friendship with the daughter of one Vinod Sharma. Sharma did not approve of their friendship and the two had allegedly offered him a drink laced with unknown substances when he went to their house in August 2007.

 

When he subsequently went to the police to lodge a complaint, several policemen tried to pressurise him into withdrawing his complaint. Mishra alleged that he was repeatedly called to the Mukherjee Nagar police station, where he was threatened, bashed up, and had Rs 12,000 snatched from him in one incident. He, however, filed other complaints regarding these events as well.

 

The complaint also states that on April 10 last year, Mishra was arrested in a false case and beaten up in barrack no. 1 of the police station on the direction of SHO Sharma. Inspector Surender Nath and SI Prem Singh had put their revolvers on his forehead and asked him to withdraw a complaint against the SHO and others.

 

Mishra was then taken to Jagjeevan Ram Hospital but instead of preparing a true report, the doctors there abstained from making his MLC and did not mention anything about his injuries, the complaint states.

Mishra then decided to approach the court and represented himself during the hearing when Metropolitan Magistrate Vinay Singhal passed the order against the police personnel. He adduced all the documents, including those procured through RTI, to establish the prima facie case against the officials.

 

“In view of the serious allegations of illegal arrest/detention coupled with the custodial torture upon the complainant at the instance of SHO Indira Sharma and other named persons on April 10, 2008, indeed it is necessary and expedient that an FIR be registered against SHO Sharma as well as others,” MM Singhal had said in his order on April 21 last year.

 

The police commissioner was asked to get an FIR lodged at a police station other then Mukherjee Nagar and to have the matter investigated by an officer not below the rank of ACP. SHO Sharma and others had then moved a sessions court against this order but the judge asked them to face prosecution by a order in January this year.

Two other complaints filed by Mishra for registration of FIRs are pending at the Rohini courts.

 

Source: FIR against 12 cops for detaining, beating man - Express India

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