Hit by cop dispersing crowd on Holi, man loses vision

  • Ananya Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 28, 2016 08:54 IST
Inderjeet, who used to drive an auto, is now unemployed.

Forty-three-year-old Inderjeet wants to know if he will ever be able to see again and resume work.

Inderjeet, who used to drive an auto, is now unemployed.

Thrashed by a police official, who was trying to disperse a crowd on Holi at Prem Nagar in Outer Delhi’s Aman Vihar, Inderjeet lies on a bed at the Guru Nanak Eye Centre. He was an auto-driver till Thursday.

Inderjeet has lost vision in one eye because of the blow and is unemployed now.

“Everyone had come together to celebrate Holi. I had gone to wish my relatives in the area and was returning home when three to four policemen came and started shooing people away,” he said.

“They said that we cannot gather in such a large number in the colony without permission. To disperse the crowd, the policemen started hitting everyone with batons,” he said.

“I tried to run into a lane but before that a policeman came and hit me with a lathi. He hit me straight in the eye and I fell on the floor. He then hit me on my back and I fell on the ground bleeding.”

Inderjeet’s wife came to his rescue on hearing him scream. “His eye had popped out and his shirt was soaked in blood. I started shouting at the police personnel. I gathered all locals and told them that what the police had done was wrong. We went to the police station to file a complaint but they refused to register it. They said we should go back and no case will be registered,” Inderjeet’s wife, Kusum Lata, said.

She said when she threatened to approach the higher authorities, a policeman came to her and told her that he would take Inderjeet to the hospital and also pay for his treatment, provided she keeps quiet. “He took us to a private hospital and said he will pay for the treatment but I insisted that we go to a government hospital as we do not have the funds to pay for the follow-up treatment. He then left us outside Sanjay Gandhi hospital and drove off,” she said.

DCP, Outer, Vikramjeet denied information about the incident. “I will definitely enquire and if found true, strict action will be taken,” he said.

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