After a hostel warden in a West Bengal school forced a 10-year-old to lick her urine as punishment for bedwetting last month, a police trainer in Meghalaya allegedly prescribed the same punishment to two of his trainees after a drunken brawl.
The Meghalaya police suspended the instructor for asking two constables to drink urine instead of alcohol during their training. The incident happened on August 5 at the 2nd Meghalaya Police Battalion in West Garo Hills district’s Tura town.
Battalion officials said instructor P Borah had asked trainees A Shiangshai and T Lyttan to drink urine following an allegedly drunken brawl with three other trainees. The ‘punishment’ followed a complaint by the mess commander.
“Preliminary probe has revealed the instructor asked them to drink urine but there is no evidence that they actually did so. The instructor’s justification was that if trainees could get high on alcohol in the camp they could very well drink urine,” Meghalaya DGP N Ramachandran told HT.
“The act of delinquency on the part of the trainees is serious, but that did not give the instructor the right to try to make them drink urine. He has been placed under suspension ... what he has done is not acceptable,” he added.
A departmental inquiry was ordered after the five trainee constables gave their statements.