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TV actor Aansh Arora alleges torture by cops, Ghaziabad police deny claim

Television actor Aansh Arora claims Ghaziabad police tortured him in custody; writes to NHRC, PMO and UP CM’s office

noida Updated: May 19, 2019 07:50 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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CCTV footage shows actor Aansh Arora vandalising a store inside a Vaishali mall.(GHAZIABAD POLICE)

Television actor Aansh Arora has sent a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission alleging ‘third degree’ torture by Ghaziabad police at the Indirapuram police station on May 12 night.

The Ghaziabad police, however, have refuted the charges and claimed that the actor was making up a case just to
evade facing action for allegedly vandalising a store inside a mall in Vaishali.

Arora — who is based in Mumbai and who has starred in shows like ‘Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki,’ — said that he had gone to his brother’s house in Vaishali and both had gone to a nearby mall to pick some household items on the night of May 11.

The incident took place at a department store after Arora picked up some items and also ordered for a hotdog.

“I gave Rs 2,000 to the store staff and my bill was about Rs 1,500. I had also ordered a hotdog. The staff told it would take 30-45 minutes to prepare it, so I asked them to cancel. However, they billed me for it. On pointing this out, an altercation broke out inside the store. My brother who was waiting in the car outside later came and took me away from the store,” he said.

The Ghaziabad police on Saturday released several CCTV footages from inside the store purportedly showing Arora damaging equipment inside the store.

“On the night of May 12, I again went to the store. I wanted to apologise for my behaviour and wanted to pay for the damages. But some policemen were already present there. They took me away on a complaint by the store owner. I was beaten up in the PCR van and later confined in a lock up of the police station. After some time, I was taken to a room and mercilessly beaten up with a belt. I suffered injuries to my hands and legs. They did not allow me to speak to my family members either,” he added.

“I was beaten the entire night and tortured. They showed me as arrested in the morning of May 13 and later produced me before a magistrate without getting my medical examination done,” he added.

Arora was later booked under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code and produced before a magistrate where he was granted bail. Later, he had to be admitted to a hospital in Vaishali. Later, he posted a complaint to NHRC, the Prime Minister’s office, UP chief minister and director general of police (UP).

Ghaziabad police, however, denied all the charges.

“The suspect had vandalised the property inside the store. The suspect was brought to the police station and was not subjected to any assault. He was booked under 151 of the CrPC and taken to a government hospital for medical examination, before being produced before an executive magistrate. He was granted bail
and allowed to go home,” said Shlok Kumar, superintendent of police (city).

First Published: May 19, 2019 07:12 IST