The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) on Wednesday sought Indore police’s reply as to why citizens were being dragged on the roads and beaten up before media cameras in the name of anti-goonda drive.
The commission has asked the police to submit a reply within 15 days after taking suo motto congnisance of the police brutality flashed on TV news channels and displayed by newspapers.
Indore DIG Rakesh Gupta had launched the anti-goonda drive in the city a week ago.
The anti-goonda team, comprising 40 to 50 constables led by the area city superintendent of police and the thana in-charges, reportedly rounded up about 1700 persons in a week.
However, the drive turned controversial after a majority of the people were found to be either petty criminals or innocent.
This had caused a lot of public outrage and the people blamed the police for acting selectively and sparing the hardcore criminals.
The panel expressed surprise the way policemen were shown on TV entering shops and thrashing the people mercilessly and asked the police to explain in detail whether they were taking action against the hardcore criminals and whether the drive was in accordance with the humane behaviour and the law.
A commission member said, "No law has given permission to the Indore police to beat anyone, including even the anti-social elements, in public. This is utter frustration of the police."
Deputy director of public relations MPHRC LR Sisodia said the commission had sought detailed history of the criminals the Indore police have nabbed along with the relevant sections.
Despite efforts, DIG Indore, Rakesh Gupta’s version couldn’t be obtained.
However, a police officer on condition of anonymity condemned police action as "unethical behaviour in public."
Indore police had conducted similar drives earlier also which too had triggered a strong reaction among reaction for their allegedly being "brutal and partisan."