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‘Called Pakistani, anti-national’: Day after elderly beaten, son says Panchkula police pressurising for compromise

While Ramzan Mohammad is undergoing treatment for severe injuries he suffered on his hip at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, two cops — assistant sub inspector (ASI) Karnail Singh and constable Jagjit Singh — have been suspended.

punjab Updated: Jan 24, 2018 15:54 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Kin of Ramzan Mohammad (right) blocking the Mansa Devi Complex road in Panchkula on Monday. They demanded the dismissal and arrest of the policemen whose brutality landed the 64-year-old in GMCH-32, Chandigarh, with severe injuries on the hip.(Sant Arora/HT)

A day after 64-year-old driver was brutally beaten by two Panchkula cops, the victim’s family said the police was mounting pressure on them for a ‘compromise’.

Mohammad Sadiq, son of victim Ramzan Mohammad, said, “Police have been approaching us in different ways to sort out the matter. But we want FIR against these cops. They can’t get away by beating my father so brutally.”

While Ramzan Mohammad is undergoing treatment for severe injuries he suffered on his hip at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, two cops — assistant sub inspector (ASI) Karnail Singh and constable Jagjit Singh — have been suspended. But the suspension came after protest.

“Police have been approaching us in different ways to sort out the matter. But we want FIR against the two cops. They can’t get away by beating my father so brutally.” — Mohammad Sadiq, son of victim Ramzan Mohammad

Sadiq said the police team had come on Monday night and left after recording his father’s statement without telling them of what criminal action they will take against the two cops.

The victim’s employer and main complainant Rakesh Goyal said the suspension is just a police’s cover up.

“We want real action. It was not a simple case of slapping or intimidation. A senior citizen was stripped and then beaten so badly that he was in a pool of blood,” he said.

Ramzan, who works as a driver for Goyal and stays in Saketri, was on his way home with his helper when the cops on the police control room (PCR) duty stopped him near the railway under bridge in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) around 12:15am and illegally took him to police station after impounding his vehicle.

They then allegedly using force removed his clothes and kicked him repeatedly on his hips. The victim also said that he was called Pakistani by cops.

Police commissioner AS Chawla said that prime facie cops have been placed under suspension and departmental inquiry is initiated against them. “They can be dismissed from service if found guilty in inquiry,” Chawla said.

“If the complainant or his family feel that justice has not been given to them, they should approach the DCP and we assure proper action,” said Chawla.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 15:53 IST