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UP police book 18 for manhandling Meerut students, woman says pressured to file fake rape case

The assailants had barged into the house of one of the students, a Muslim, and thrashed, abused and attacked him for being with his Hindu female classmate.

lucknow Updated: Sep 28, 2018 10:15 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
Meerut,Uttar Pradesh,medical student
Earlier, three police personnel, including a woman constable, in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut were suspended after a video of them abusing and roughing up a woman medical student and her classmate went viral.(ANI/Twitter)

The Uttar Pradesh police have registered a case against the assailants of two Meerut Medical College students, who were manhandled on Sunday, police superintendent (city) Ranvijay Singh said. It was registered at Medical Police Station on sub-inspector Pramod Kumar’s complaint.

As many as 18 people have been named in the case and charged with hurting religious sentiments. The assailants had barged into the house of one of the students, a Muslim, and thrashed, abused and attacked him for being with his Hindu female classmate, who is a nursing student.

There is no mention of the names of the Hindu outfits the assailants belong to in the FIR, police officers familiar with the developments said. A few assailants had identified themselves as members of the Vishva Hindu Parishad and other Hindu outfits.

Ranvijay Singh said the case has been registered and investigations were underway to identify which organisations the attackers are associated with.

The female student separately claimed that the police put pressure on her to implicate her classmate in a fake rape case for her release from the police station. She had gone to take her laptop from her Muslim classmate on Sunday when the assailants barged into the house and manhandled them.

The assailants accused the Muslim youth of being involved in the so-called ‘love jihad’, a controversial term Hindu groups have coined to describe what they claim is a Muslim conspiracy to lure Hindus into marriage. The attackers then brought the two to the police station.

Another purported video of the incident surfaced on Wednesday in which a group of men are seen thrashing the Muslim boy in the presence of police.

A purported video of the incident that went viral on Tuesday shows a woman constable slapping her and removing the cloth wrapped around her face.

“They started assaulting us immediately in full public view and levelled wild and humiliating allegations at us. Soon, the police arrived and took us in a jeep to the police station. On the way, the policemen removed the cloth with which I had covered my face, assaulted me while using filthy language against me,” the woman told media on Wednesday.

At the police station, the VHP men started building pressure on her to level fake rape or molestation charges on her Muslim friend. “We will let you go if only you level these charges at him,” the victim recalled.

She said, “What was more shocking was the fact that my video shot on mobile was made public by the police. Now, they have shamed me in the public eye.”

The girl’s mother said, “When I reached police station, there were several VHP cadres at the police station. I spoke to my daughter and found out that there was not an iota of truth in the wild accusations levelled against my daughter.”

After the horrifying treatment, the victim said she was too scared to continue her nursing studies.

Senior police superintendent Akhilesh Kumar has ordered an inquiry against the police officers accused of using foul language against the female student while taking her to the police station.

Kumar had suspended three cops and a home guard after the video went but no case has been registered against them. “Adequate action will be initiated against the errant cops after receiving the inquiry report,” said Singh.

First Published: Sep 28, 2018 10:14 IST