A policeman was suspended and another issued a show-cause notice on Wednesday for allegedly using third degree torture on three Dalits during interrogating in an alleged abduction case.
Sagar superintendent of police Sachin Atulkar served a show cause notice to the Bina police station in-charge AK Gupta and suspended Nayi Basti police sub-station sub-inspector Jetendra Singh for meting third degree torturing on Bharat Ahirawr, 40, his brother Roshan, 28, and nephew Bhikam, 22, all residents of Lahatvas village in Bina town under Sagar district.
According to the victim, on April 9, Ahirawr's son Rameshwar had returned home from Gurgaon, where he works as a labour, and eloped with a minor girl of Nayi Basti.
"The Nayi Bati police, on April 11, took the three of us (Ahirawr, Roshan, and Bhikam), my wife Saraswati and daughter-in-law Lado to the police sub-station for interrogation. Later in the night, the women were released, but we were held back and for the next 48 hours we were brutally beaten up by the thana in-charge, sub-inspector and other police personnel with plastic pipe, wooden baton and even the fingernails from the left hand of my nephew were pulled out with a screwdriver. We all pleaded ignorance about my son's whereabouts, but the third degree treatment continued," Ahirawr had said in his complaint on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the trio was admitted to the Bina government hospital with several injuries; however, they went missing soon after. Dr Pramod Goyal of the Bina Government Hospital has confirmed that the condition of both Ahirawr and Bhikam was serious and they "could have suffered internal injuries." He said, he had suggested referring them to Sagar.
When approached, SP Sachin Atulkar said that an inquiry has been ordered into the case under Bina SDOP Prateek Kumar. "Thana inspector AK Gupta has been served a show cause notice, while sub-inspector Jetendra Singh has been suspended."
The Bina police station in-charge, however, denied the charge and said that the accused were called to Nayi Bati police station for normal interrogation in connection with a case against Bharat's son Rameshwar. He said all of them were let off after questioning and they were not thrashed at the police station.
On Wednesday, the Congress party and Ahirwar community submitted a memorandum with the sub divisional magistrate demanding strict action against the guilty.