In a case of police brutality, a 75-year-old robbery suspect was hanged from a tree to extract a confession in the premises of a police station in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district.
The senior citizen, identified only as Jaydev, is in a state of shock after the treatment meted out to him on Thursday.
Three police officials from the Saipau police station were suspended on Friday, and an inquiry has been ordered into the suspect’s torture.
Jaydev, a resident of Bhakara village in Dausa district, was arrested after the police suspected him of being part of a gang that had stolen motor parts from a shop in Saipau town, 300 km east of Jaipur, in March.
“The police tracked records of a mobile phone that was stolen, and traced it to Jaydev,” said Dholpur Superintendent of Police of Surendra Kumar.
Jaydev was taken to the Saipau police station. A rope was tied around him and he was hanged from a neem tree.
Calling it a case of human rights violation, the state’s director general of police has asked the SP to suspend Station House Officer Rajendra Kavia, Assistant Sub-Inspector Jhaman Lal and constable Gajan Singh.
“There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. We will record his (Jaydev’s) statement after he recovers from the shock,” said Kumar. “He claims he is not active in the gang, and his children might have stolen the mobile and given it to him,” he said.