Mumbai Police have ordered an inquiry into allegations by two Muslim teenagers that they were assaulted and told to go to Pakistan by policemen last week though the statement of the victims is yet to be recorded.
The incident occurred early on Saturday when Asif Shiekh and Danish Sheikh, both students of Rizvi College who live in Mahim, had gone to meet an ailing neighbour in Bhabha Hospital.
Asif and Danish, both aged 19, were picked up by police while they were on their way home.
Their relatives alleged they were taken to Bandra police station and questioned for more than three hours and beaten badly. Police inspector Kedar Pawar and other policemen described the teenagers as “Pakistani agents” and asked them to “leave India and go to Pakistan”, the relatives said.
Two days after the shocking incident, police were yet to record the statements of the victims though an enquiry was ordered by Mumbai’s police commissioner Ahmad Javed.
Assistant commissioner of police Sanjay Kadam, who is conducting the inquiry, said, “We will be recording the statement of the victims and later will record the statement of the policemen of the Bandra police station to verify the facts.
“Before proper investigation I will not be able to comment on how both the boys sustained injuries.”
Javed said “appropriate action” will be taken by his force. Kadam said a preliminary investigation had shown that the teenagers did not have a criminal background.
A police officer attached to Bandra police station told PTI the teenagers were picked up when they were fighting with each other and that Asif had attacked an inspector in the police station.
Asif, who sustained injuries to his back, hands and legs, is being treated at Bhabha Hospital.
(With inputs from PTI)