A brother of one of the cops booked for allegedly attempting to murder young RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in custody at Balaghat district has approached the National Human Rights Commission for justice, requesting the autonomous body to probe the fortnight-old episode.
Ravi Ajmeriya, a law graduate from Morena district and brother of sub-inspector Anil Ajmeriya, alleged “political influence and pressure politics”, given the booking and suspension of seven state police personnel for attempted murder, loot and criminal intimidation, sacking of three home guards and the shunting of two IPS officers.
His two-page letter narrates how law-enforcing officers were “made accused” in the line of duty without being given opportunity to present their case.
The October 12 submission also mentions how members of saffron outfits, including the RSS and BJP leaders, who gathered in front of Baihar police station on September 25 night, raised anti-police slogans and showered abuses on cops on duty, particularly Ziya ul Haq who was in charge of the station.
Ajmeriya claims the police performed their duty objectively on September 25 to arrest Yadav, who had allegedly posted hate message against Muslim community. He was brought to the police station for questioning in the matter, but managed to run away from custody, after which he was again brought back to the police station.
The representation to the human rights panel came two days before the wives of several Balaghat policemen, including Suresh Vijaywar who is accused in the case, met the IG G Janardan, seeking justice.
A special investigation team of the state police is probing the episode that involves two cases against the cops, one pertaining to 26-year-old Yadav’s hate message over social media and two against unidentified protestors of attack on cops.
The RSS is not taking up the issue with the government. “For, the matter is pending before court owing to anticipatory bail application of cops,” Sangh Mahakaushal prant sanghchalak Prashant Singh told HT. “The RSS is concerned only about the brutal beating of the pracharak. We have nowhere objected to lodging of a case against Yadav and his subsequent arrest.”
Yadav was picked up for questioning by cops led by the ASP Rajesh Sharma on September 25 for allegedly posting hate message. He alleged being beaten in custody, leading to multiple injuries, including a fracture of the leg.
Doctors contradict the claim. The report of a preliminary medical check-up of Yadav by two government doctors at Baihar police station in the presence of administrative officials on September 25-26 intervening night does not mention any life-threatening injury. It only says contusion, abrasion and swelling in the arms, shoulder and the back caused by a blunt object.
HT has a copy of the medical report, which also mentions about Yadav complaining pain all over the body and inability to pass urine.
According to informed sources, Yadav was taken for expert observation to Balaghat district hospital on September 26, from where he was referred to government hospital/medical college in Jabalpur. He was, instead, admitted to a private hospital run by a doctor with RSS-BJP links.