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Woman claims assault by cops, moves court

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2013 02:09 IST
Mohan K Korappath
Mohan K Korappath
Hindustan Times
Mohan K Korappath

The Bombay high court has issued notices to the state government and few police officials following a petition filed by a 43-year-old woman alleging assault and illegal arrest by Antop Hill and Wadala TT police.

Petitioner Laxmi Devendra alleged that she was assaulted and illegally held by senior police inspector of Antop Hill police station as well as two police sub-inspectors and two assistant police inspectors of Wadala T T police station at the behest of a doctor who was trying to grab her newly purchased house.

It is stated that, Devendra, a Wadala resident, had purchased a room in New MHADA Colony which belonged to one Babulal Rajbhar. However, another person claiming to be a doctor allegedly started threatening to dispossess her on the grounds that he had bought the flat form Rajbhar’s nephew. Following continuous harassment, the petitioner lodged two complaints with the Wadala police.

According to her lawyer, Sushil Chaurasia, not only did the police take no action on her complaint, the Antop Hill police based on a complaint filed by the doctor and his accomplice called Devendra to the police station where she was brutally beaten in the presence of other police officials and the complainants in July 2011. Chaurasia states that she was released at 11 30 pm after recovering a fine of Rs1,200 from her.

Petition states that the harassment continued after which she moved the civil court where a status quo was granted. But, since counter complainants were lodged against her and her family, she had to get bails for them.

Petition states that the police officials who are supposed to protect the life of citizens from offenders and criminals have instead joined hands with the criminals , taken law in their hands by beating a woman just to implicate her and her family in false criminal case to grab her property.

Devendra has now urged the court to direct action against the police, the doctor and his accomplices and also to transfer the complainants and counter complainants to the CID for investigation.