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Cops beat up women, probe ordered

patna Updated: Sep 16, 2011 01:44 IST
HT Correspondent
Nitish Kumar


A day after policemen brutally attacked women and children at Noorsarai police station in Nalanda district, the Bihar State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) registered a case in connection with the incident and chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered a probe.

The CM ordered AGP (headquarters) Rajyavardhan Sharma to probe the incident. “Legal action must be taken against those found guilty,” he said. Kumar has also asked the DGP to view the TV footage and identify the policemen involved.

SHRC chairperson justice SN Jha said the incident was an example of gross police excesses amounting to violation of human rights.

On Wednesday, villagers of Chandasi panchayat assembled at Noorsarai police station in Nalanda district, about 80 km southeast of the state capital, demanding arrest of killers of the panchayat office-bearer, Sushma Kumari alias Reena, who was allegedly killed by ASI Ashok Kumar Singh in connivance with her in-laws on August 24.

Reena's body is yet to be traced. Her husband Rambalak Kumar, a night guard at the Kasturba High School, Noorsarai, tried to lodge an FIR, but SHO Awadhesh Kumar Singh allegedly refused to register it.

On August 26, locals gheraoed the police station, following which an FIR was lodged against six accused, including the ASI.

In the FIR, Reena’s son Saurabh, who was an eyewitness, told the police the ASI had killed his mother and carried the body away in a police vehicle.

Following instructions from the police headquarters, DIG Vineet Vinayak reached the police station on Wednesday. While he was recording statements of the complainants, a mob started raising slogans and alleged the ASI and a police driver were involved in a flesh racket and that Reena had had to pay the price for opposing it.

The SHRC has also instructed DGP Abhayanand to conduct an inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, Nalanda police lodged two separate FIRs at Noorsarai police station on Thursday – one recording statements of the allegedly injured police personnel and second by a woman who was brutally assaulted by police personnel in full public view.

Two constables have been suspended in the case. Video: Police tranny