A mentally ill man from Nepal was tied up with a rope, thrashed and dragged to the hospital like an animal in Bihar’s Purnia town by railway police officials after he reportedly refused to cooperate with them.
Though government railway police (GRP) officials denied using brute force against Gyanendra Choudhary, 40, a photo clicked on a mobile phone by a passerby during the assault on Sunday showed otherwise.
A local said GRP officials used strong-arm tactics in public view near the Purnia junction.
Choudhary, a resident of Saptari in Nepal, had run away from home, which is close to the border. He was injured while trying to cross the railway tracks after getting off the Jogbani-Katihar passenger train.
As he was bleeding, the GRP took him to the district hospital from where he went missing.
GRP officials later located him near a roadside temple in the town. He reportedly declined to accompany them.
Choudhary’s daughter Radha, who came over to Purnia, 240 km east of Patna, to look for him, said he was barely able to walk following the brutal beating. “I will lodge a complaint in this regard,” she said on Wednesday.
She said her mentally ill father had run away from their home three days ago.
Katihar railway superintendent of police Jitendra Mishra told mediapersons GRP officials had saved Choudhary’s life. “He was about to be mowed down by a train while crossing the tracks when the GRP saw him pulled him to safety.”
Mishra said he had no information of Choudhary being treated in a barbaric way.
However, the photo shared with HT by the passerby, shows Choudhary lying on the ground, his feet tied.