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Thrashed by cop, man loses eye

Sanjay Kumar Gaur was badly thrashed in the presence of two police officers. His fault? A drunken off-duty Delhi police constable thought that Gaur’s car had nicked his motorcycle, reports Karan Choudhury.

delhi Updated: Oct 17, 2008 23:51 IST
Karan Choudhury

Sanjay Kumar Gaur (34) was badly thrashed in the presence of two police officers. His fault? A drunken off-duty Delhi police constable thought that Gaur’s car had nicked his motorcycle.

Not only was he beaten up, due to which he has lost his eyesight, his family has alleged that Gaur was harassed, abused and threatened inside a police station in full view of other officers on duty. Bleeding profusely from his right eye, Gaur had to wait for two hours before he was given any treatment, the family alleged.

The police have arrested the accused constable and have booked him for causing grievous hurt. A departmental inquiry has also been initiated against him on Thursday around 7:45 pm, at the Samaipur Badli railway crossing, drunken police constable Neeraj Kumar beat up Gaur allegedly in the presence of a PCR van and two traffic police personnel.

Gaur, a chemical trader and resident of D-Block in Yadav Nagar in north-west Delhi, was on his way back home along with his two friends when the incident happened.

The constable, who was drunk, was talking on his mobile when his motorcycle nicked Gaur’s Maruti Alto car.

“He got off the motorcycle and started beating me. I asked him why was he hitting me but he did not stop. He hit me hard on my right eye several times and I started bleeding instantly. His accomplice snatched my gold chain and Rs 20,000 I was carrying,” said Gaur. According to the police, the other accused officer, Sunil Kumar, is still absconding.

The accused constable was earlier posted at Samaipur Badli Police Station and was currently at Model Town Police Station.

Gaur’s family members alleged the PCR posted nearby did not do much to stop him.

“Neeraj Kumar told them that he was from Delhi Police so the PCR also did not do anything to stop them. His friend fled when he saw the police coming. My brothers’ friends tried to stop the constable but they were also beaten up,” said Rishi Prakash Sharma, the victim’s elder brother.

Ajitpal and Vijaypal Singh, two brothers and teachers in government schools, who were in Gaur’s car, also received minor injuries in the process. Sharma alleged that his brother was harassed at police station.

“No one gave him any first aid even when my brother was bleeding profusely. Even inside the police station the accused was threatening and abusing my brother. We asked the police to conduct a medical test to check his blood alcohol level but they said they did not have any vehicle. So we took him and our brother to Jagjivan Ram Hospital where it was confirmed that he was drunk,” added Sharma.

The victim was later shifted to AIIMS where he underwent an operation. “His pupil has been damaged and chances of his right eye recovering are very bleak. We will conduct a second operation after a few days,” said a doctor at AIIMS. Gaur has a wife and three children.