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Cops in dock for Ramlila action

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 11, 2012
First Published: 23:44 IST(11/6/2012) | Last Updated: 23:45 IST(11/6/2012)

A year after the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Maidam, the Delhi Police have chargesheeted six policemen for using excessive force without any orders from superiors.

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Taking cognizance of the offence under section 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code, Metropolitan Magistrate Anil Kumar summoned Sub-Inspector Sushil Kumar, Head Constable Vijender and constables Ravi, Dinesh, Tejinder and Krishan.

"The chargesheet has been filed by the IO after the probe conducted in compliance of the directions given by the Supreme Court of India in writ petition (filed in the incident)," the court said.

On the intervening night of June 4-5, 2011, the police had used force on Ramdev's sleeping followers, including women and children, at Ramlila Maidan during his anti-corruption stir.

The police said in the chargesheet that the six policemen used excessive force on their own without any order from their superiors.

"The IO stated that further investigation in this matter is still going on for identification of other persons involved in the commission of offence and supplementary chargesheet may be filed if other persons are identified," the court said.

The six policemen have been summoned on July 7.

After taking suo motu cognizance of the media reports showing brutality of police action, the Supreme Court had on February 23 ordered prosecution of police personnel involved in the mid-night crackdown.

The chargesheet said they overstepped their brief and cane-charged the protesters, with police sources saying that the presence of senior police officers on the spot does not mean they ordered the action.

The accused policemen named in the charge sheet have been identified with the help of video footage procured from various news channels. The footage has also been annexed with the chargesheet.

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