Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday said it would direct officers in charge of the police stations in the state to have a list of office-bearers of RSS and other social organisations in their respective areas.
The move comes after RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav was allegedly beaten up by a group of police personnel from Baihar police station in Balaghat on September 25.
The assault was reportedly led by ASP Rajesh Sharma and town inspector Zia ul Haq. Yadav was hospitalised in Jabalpur with severe injuries.
Soon after the incident the government had suspended 10 police personnel, including the additional superintendent of police on charges of “attempting to murder” the pracharak. An FIR was lodged against them under section 307 and other relevant IPC sections.
A special team had also been constituted to probe the incident and track down the accused cops who were absconding, home minister Bhupendra Singh said.
To avoid recurrence of any such incident, the home minister said, instructions would soon be issued to the police to ensure that town inspectors have information about office-bearers of all the social organisations, including RSS, in their respective areas.
Singh said the police personnel in their defense had told their superiors that they did not know that Yadav was an RSS pracharak.
“This was an absurd argument. Even if they didn’t know Yadav they had no right to brutally beat him up. Even a common man has the right to be treated with dignity,” Singh told the HT.
Bhupendra Singh claimed that after the incident he came to know that the ASP had committed excesses in the past too and that he was “suffering from hypertension.”
“I will see to it that in future any officer with tainted past record is not given posting which involved public dealings,” Singh said.
The home minister, however, added that Balaghat incident was an isolated case and was not symptomatic of police force’s behaviour. The alleged assault took place after Yadav was named an accused in a complaint lodged by one Javed Khan who alleged Yadav had posted some provocative comments on social media which hurt his religious sentiments.