The Alirajpur police allegedly thrashed, tied up and paraded a tribal youth through the streets of this small town and then arrested him at the behest of the local MLA.
Antim Bhinde, 20, a member of the Bhilala tribe, was an employee at the office of MLA Nagar Singh Chauhan in Alirajpur town, 200 km from Indore.
On March 26, he left the job following a fracas with a colleague. Peeved, the MLA allegedly asked the police to “teach him a lesson”.
Three days later, a police team allegedly picked up Bhinde from his home, beat him up, then tied a rope around his waist and paraded him through the town for over two hours.
On Tuesday, Bhinde’s mother Shahbai wrote to the state human rights commission, the home minister and SC/ST panel, describing how the police had mistreated her son. She also alleged that the police misbehaved with her and her daughter when they tried to meet Bhinde.
The station house of Alirajpur Kotwali, MS Bhuria, denied the episode. “The allegations are meant to malign the police,” he said. Bhuria also denied the MLA was linked to the case.
The SHO said Bhinde is a criminal who had been booked several times. This time, they had gone to his house following a complaint by Manoj, the colleague with whom bhinde had the fracas. “When we reached Bhinde’s home, the family pelted our jeep with stones,” he said.
Bhinde has now been booked for voluntarily causing hurt, extortion, criminal intimidation and threats.
Admitting that Bhinde had been booked in a murder case, his brother Vijay said he had been acquitted.
MLA Chauhan was not available for comment.