An 11-year-old boy was allegedly brutally thrashed and kept in police custody for an entire night by officers from Pant Nagar police station over a balloon-throwing incident on Tuesday night. He has been admitted in the trauma ward at Rajawadi hospital.
Sanjay Chowgule, 30, said his cousin was playing in an open ground in Pant Nagar when some people threw a water balloon at a policeman who was passing by on Tuesday night.
“The persons who threw the balloon ran away while my brother who had forgotten his slippers at the ground and had gone back to fetch them was caught by the policemen who were by then searching for the miscreants. Three policemen started bashing him up after which a friend notified me. I ran to the spot only to find that my cousin had been brutally assaulted with sticks,” Chowgule said.
He said, “I went to Pant Nagar police station along with my injured cousin. But, there, the police started bashing me up as well. They charged me with creating nuisance and kept me in the police lock-up.”
The distraught mother of the 11-year-old kept waiting outside the police station till 2am but the policemen allegedly refused to free the child. Interestingly, the police took the boy to Rajawadi hospital after finding him badly injured and hence took him to Rajawadi hospital for treatment. They again brought him back to the police station and shockingly left him in the morning when his mother came back.”
Despite repeated attempts, additional commissioner of police, eastern region Quaiser Khalid was unavailable to ascertain the sequence of events.
When contacted, joint commissioner of police, law and order, Sadanand Date, told HT that the preliminary enquiry report in to the matter has been received and as per the findings and a officer concerned has been transferred to the east region control room as a first step of action against him. “A detailed enquiry has been ordered into the incident and further action against the errant officer will be decided as per the findings of departmental enquiry,”