A prosecution witness in a case involving three bombings in Mumbai in 2002 has accused police of forcing him to drink the urine of an accused and have “sex with a stray dog” when he was in custody 12 years ago.
In a statement submitted to a special court, the witness said: “I was made to drink gutter water and urine…It is correct that I was asked to drink urine of another accused and my urine (was given) to him.”
The witness alleged that both he and the accused were forced to have sex with a stray dog, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.
He further said he was regularly beaten up while he was in police custody from April 24, 2003 to May 17, 2003.
The police had charge-sheeted 16 people for the bombings at Mumbai Central station on December 6, 2002, at suburban Vile Parle on January 27, 2003, and in the Mulund train on March 13, 2003.
The witness, in his statement, revealed the role of Saquib Nachan, an accused and an alleged member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, in carrying explosives.
On April 23, the witness was asked by the defence lawyer about the alleged torture and harassment. The daily quoted him as telling the court: “I cannot tell those dirty things which they asked me to do in the crime branch office as women advocates are present (here) in the court.”
After the witness’s deposition, special public prosecutor Rohini Salian declared him hostile. The witness also corroborated claims of torture made by another accused in 2003.
The accused, who was named by the witness, had claimed in a written statement submitted in the court in 2003 that three crime branch officers tortured him. The allegation has been denied by the police.