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CBI charges MP policemen in 2015 case of assaulting army officers

In September 2015, a team from Vijay Nagar police station allegedly assaulted a group of army officers in Indore.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2017 19:38 IST
Azaan Javaid
Azaan Javaid
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Central Bureau of Investigation,CBI,Madhya Pradesh
Indian army soldiers(AP File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered an FIR against Madhya Pradesh policemen accused of thrashing military officers after an altercation over drinking in public in the upscale Vijay Nagar area of Indore in 2015.

Around midnight of September 10, 2015, a team from Vijay Nagar police station allegedly assaulted lieutenant-rank army officers SK Patra, Akshat Joshi, Kunal Kumar, APS Chahal, SS Yadav, Vibhu Dixit, Ritwick Singh and Gajendra Singh.

Within hours, more than 60 soldiers allegedly came to the police station, vandalised the premises and assaulted the policemen on duty. At least five policemen, including a woman constable, were wounded in the attack.

The army officers alleged that no FIR was registered against the policemen who had thrashed them at Woodstock Lounge in Indore.

The Madhya Pradesh High Court later directed the CBI to investigate why the FIR was not registered.

According to police, the punch-up took place after a heated exchange of words over drinking alcohol in public near BCM Heights, a building in the tony Indore neighbourhood.

But the military officers countered that they were waiting for a colleague outside a bar when the policemen accosted them. They alleged the policemen abused them on being informed that they were from the army and thrashed the four of them.

The policemen were also accused of taking two of the officers to the police station.

Police alleged the next day that about 60 soldiers walked into the police station, assaulted every policemen on sight and took away hard disks that stored video feeds of surveillance cameras, which recorded the attack.

The soldiers were accused of attacking a police patrol vehicle, wounding a woman constable, that day. An FIR was registered by the MP police in this regard.

The CBI charged police superintendent Vipul Shrivastava on Thursday and several other policemen with causing grievous hurt and wrongful confinement.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 19:38 IST