US journalist ‘beaten’ by police leaves Delhi
An American journalist who accused the police of beating him up in Jungpura, southeast Delhi, left the city on Friday morning.delhi Updated: Oct 10, 2009 00:20 IST
An American journalist who accused the police of beating him up in Jungpura, southeast Delhi, left the city on Friday morning.
Jeol Elliot was allegedly beaten mercilessly when he tried to intervene in an altercation between the police and a person.
The police said Elliot was drunk at the time of incident and was trying to steal a car. Police also said he attacked an elderly taxi driver and was beaten up in return.
Elliot has demanded $500,000 (23 million rupees approximately) as compensation for his “sufferings”.
“I request a thorough inquiry into the beating and torture I endured at the hands, feet and batons of Delhi Police. I request that the police officers responsible be removed from their positions,” Elliot said. “Further, I seek $500,000 in compensation for pain and suffering and mental anguish.”
He said the incident took place when he was returning home from the flat of his friends -- Kate Webb and Ryan Fletcher.
“As I was walking in the dark, I came around the corner of a building and walked literally into the middle of an altercation. At least four policemen were beating a person on the street,” Elliot said.
He claimed an argument broke out when he objected to the police beating the person. One of the officers swung his baton, which struck him on the left hand.
“I struck him in the jaw and as he reeled back, I turned and fled,” he said.
He said he got into a car to hide himself from the police.
A guard saw him and alerted the driver.
“I tried to explain I wanted a hiding place, not steal the car. His shouts alerted the police...They arrived quickly and surrounded me. Then they beat me up with their batons,” Elliot said.
Elliot said in self-defense, he tried to hit back.
“I swung at some of them, but quickly went down beneath a rain of blows on my head, back, arms, thighs, shins, buttocks and ankles,” he said. “The beating continued for some time after I had fallen.”
He said he was taken to AIIMS but was not allowed to call the US Embassy despite repeated requests.
Delhi Police have denied they have received any complaint from Elliot.