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Cops booked for beating musician

mumbai Updated: May 25, 2010 02:00 IST
Shailendra Mohan
Shailendra Mohan
Hindustan Times
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Three policemen have been booked for beating a city-based musician as he protested against them taking free cigarettes from a small shop in Nehru Nagar on Thursday.

The musician, who spoke to Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity, said that three policemen, one off duty and two in uniform, beat him ruthlessly for suggesting that the policemen should pay the shop owner.

“On the night of May 20, I saw a paan shop vendor haggling with a person who seemed drunk. I suggested that he pay the vendor but the man started abusing me and dragged me to the adjoining police chowky,” the musician said. “He turned out to be an off duty policeman, Anil Salunke and he along with two of his colleagues started beating me.”

He somehow managed to free himself and called a friend.

“I was bleeding from my forehead and neck. There are still scars and bruises on my hand, neck and head,” he added. He then went to Nehru Nagar police station and lodged a non-cognisable offence against the trio.

“I don’t know the names of the other two constables but I can recognise them,” the victim said and added, “I have a movie lined up and I don’t want it to look like I am trying to seek publicity.”

Madan Damania, whose brother runs the paan shop, said that Salunkhe had refused to pay after taking a cigarette and a few other things. “We are poor and even Rs 2 is a big amount for us,” he said. He said that the policemen have shut his shop after the incident. “They have taken away our things and have even fined us Rs 5,000,” Damania said.

Senior inspector Prakash Kale said that action will be taken against the errant policemen. “Inquiry is on,” Kale said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (East Region) Ritesh Kumar and Deputy Commissi-oner of Police (Zone 6) Dilip Sawant did not respond to calls.