An elderly resident of Basti Troown, Doda, has accused the Punjab police of torturing him after a tea stall owner robbed him of cash and other articles in Jalandhar.
A mechanic by profession, Azar Ali Butt, son of Sader Din Butt, had gone to Jalandhar for shopping, where he met a tea stall owner. The latter took allegedly beat him up badly and snatched his mobile phone, a wrist watch, articles worth Rs. 21,000 and Rs. 10,000 cash, Azar Ali claimed.
Azar Ali went to a police station in Jalandhar and lodged a complaint with the police. He said the tea stall owner was arrested and cash and other items were recovered by police. "The police personnel told me to leave but I insisted on getting back my articles. They did not heed to my requests and took me inside a room and beat me up. My arm was broken as they beat me up with rifle butts and sticks," Azar Ali said, with torture marks on his body and face.
He was beaten up so badly that he was not able to move from one place to another. The police allegedly threatened him with dire consequences if he narrated the matter to anybody.
Azar Ali claimed that he was forced to leave the place and he reached Ludhiana, where he borrowed some money from a businessman. He was admitted to a medical centre at Bhala. Azar Ali along with his relatives came to Doda and met superintendent of police Arif Hussain Rishoo, who took up the matter with the Punjab police.
The relatives of Azar Ali demanded a stern action and registration of FIR against the erring police personnel.
They said they will move court besides the state and national human rights commissions to seek justice.
The Doda unit of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society has also criticised this inhuman act of the Punjab police and demanded an immediate judicial probe into the matter and punishment for those involved in the incident.
The relatives of Azar Ali have also approached chief minister Omar Abdullah, urging him to take up the matter with the Punjab police.