Recognized four cops who ‘assaulted’ labourer, proposed departmental inquiry: Police to Bombay HC

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Written by Omkar Gokhale
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Printed: July 24, 2020 1:57:54 am





bombay hc, mumbai police, mumbai lockdown, labourers assaulted during lockdown, mumbai police officals, indian express news The court docket, whereas saying that it’ll cross additional orders after inspecting the progress report back to be submitted earlier than August 5, posted the following listening to for August 6. (File)

The Mumbai Police knowledgeable the Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Thursday that it had recognized 4 officers of Juhu police station, who allegedly assaulted Raju Velu Devendra (22), a labourer, on March 29 whereas implementing the lockdown and in addition proposed a departmental inquiry in opposition to them.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuj Prabhudesai was listening to a PIL filed final month by advocate Firdause Irani by advocate Bahraiz Irani, searching for pressing intervention in view of the alleged police brutality.

Citing a human rights organisation report, Irani had alleged that situations of police brutality had led to 15 deaths, two of which passed off in Mumbai. Shagir Jamil Khan, a porter, and Raju Velu Devendra died after being allegedly assaulted by south Mumbai and Juhu police station officers, respectively.

On June 30, the HC had requested the police to file studies into the incidents of alleged excesses. The studies have been filed through the subsequent listening to.

On July 17, court docket requested the police to file a standing report into the investigations, which it submitted on Thursday.

The police’s response got here after the HC, expressing displeasure over the delay in probe into Devendra’s case, on Thursday directed the police to supply the progress report of the investigation and disclose its resolution concerning conducting an inquiry in opposition to the officers.

Family members of Devendra had alleged that he was overwhelmed to loss of life by police personnel in Nehru Nagar of Vile Parle (West). The police, nonetheless, had initially claimed that Devendra died after he was lynched by a mob who suspected him of committing a theft.

Throughout the earlier hearings, denying allegations of excesses, the police had filed two affidavits. A standing report was additionally filed, during which 4 policemen have been recognized, who allegedly assaulted Devendra. The report added that police proposed to conduct departmental proceedings in opposition to them.

Authorities pleader Purnima H Kantharia, showing for the state, on Thursday advised the HC that she had seen CCTV footage and didn’t discover any occasion of mob assaulting Devendra. Nevertheless, whether or not he succumbed to accidents inflicted by assault by fiber lathis (utilized by police) is a matter that wants additional investigation, she added.

“It’s certainly distressing to notice that from April 18, 2020 until July 10, 2020, no investigation was embarked upon by the assistant commissioner of police,” the HC noticed.

After perusing ACP’s assurance that he would conduct a good and full investigation expeditiously, the HC directed the officer to proceed with the probe and file an additional progress report whereas disclosing the choice taken on the proposal to provoke departmental proceedings in opposition to the officers.

The court docket, whereas saying that it’ll cross additional orders after inspecting the progress report back to be submitted earlier than August 5, posted the following listening to for August 6.

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