Wife of accused held claims man was forced to drink ‘tea water’, not urine
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Wife of accused held claims man was forced to drink ‘tea water’, not urine

A man was allegedly forced to drink urine in a panchayat in Ghaziabad’s Bhojpur village

noida Updated: Feb 18, 2017 23:14 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Bhojpur village,panchayat,Ghaziabad
The police have denied that a panchayat was held or that the alleged incident took place, but villagers have claimed that the panchayat took place at this spot in Bhojpur village on February 14.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The police on Saturday said they have arrested four persons in connection with the alleged incident at a panchayat at Bhojpur village in which a 25-year-old man was forced to drink urine for peeping into a woman’s house. The FIR was lodged after the alleged incident was brought to the knowledge of the senior police officials and a written complaint was filed by the victim’s wife.

Police said they arrested Amit, Rajvir, Deepu and Vikas who were named as accused persons in the FIR lodged at Bhojpur police station. Superintendent of police (SP) rural, Om Prakash, said they are investigating the case following the FIR.

“The station house officer (SHO) has told us that there was no panchayat or any urine incident. We are also trying to find the victim and his family,” he added.

The 25-year-old man is yet to return to his house that he had left with his family after the alleged incident. The woman, Sushma Devi, in whose house the man had allegedly peeped into, however, claimed that her husband made him drink a liquid that was not urine but ‘tea water’ without milk.

“He had barged into my house when I was in bed. We even tried to chase him but he ran away, leaving his slippers behind. The panchayat was held on February 14 and he was made to drink tea water and was in fact beaten up by his own family members. We did not touch him once. We had prepared the tea water by adding tea leaves to water and made him drink it to scare him into admitting his mistake,” said Sushma Devi, wife of accused Amit.

“He had been peeping into my house for almost a year. We were trying to ask him why he came to our house and whether he wanted to attack us or take our children. The men from our family have been picked up by the police after the incident and have been falsely implicated in the matter. The people in the panchayat are claiming it to be urine but they don’t know (the truth), only we know that it was tea water and not urine,” she added.

“My husband had once confronted him, but he had replied that he was just standing at a nearby plot. He used to trouble us in various ways. One day, he took out a bulb from our house and went inside to fetch a candle to see what happened. Later, when I returned, I found the bulb placed on a chair. We told the family elders, but they did not pay any heed. Every time we complained, they said if you find him again, kill him,” she said.

The police maintain that no panchayat was held and no such incident took place on February 14. However, villagers have claimed that a panchayat was held and the man was beaten up before being forced to consume urine by the accused persons.

“Although the SHO has himself conducted an inquiry and said that no panchayat was held, I will inquire into the matter myself or send a circle officer. The issue is sensitive in nature and needs to be investigated thoroughly,” the SP said.

Following the complaint by the victim’s wife, the police on Friday lodged an FIR against the accused persons under sections 352 (punishment for assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of IPC.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 22:51 IST