Chhindwara: Head constable Krishna Dongre and constable Ashish were suspended on Sunday after a video of them brutally caning a man went viral yesterday.
The incident took place on May 10 in Piplanarayanwar village of Lodhikheda police station of Saunsar tehsil of Chhindwara District in the constituency of former Chief Minister Kamal Nath.
After the video went viral on social media, Additional Superintendent of Police Shashank Garg ordered an inquiry into the matter. Sub divisional officer of police S.P. Singh was asked to conduct the investigation.
According to preliminary information, the man was drunk and was creating nuisance near a bank branch and the staff had complained to the police. No case was registered against the man for violating lockdown. Even as bystanders tried to stop the constables, they went on beating the victim.
The man who was allegedly beaten up was taken to the district hospital for medical examination after which he was dropped at his residence. His condition is better, said police.
When asked about injuries caused to the man, Garg said, “No serious injury was found in medical examination. However, since the incident is old, he might have recovered partially.”
This is the second incident of police atrocity in the region. Last week, Deepak Bundele, a lawyer, was beaten up by police sub-inspector B.S. Patel in the neighbouring Betul district.
Bundele claimed that the police stopped him while he was going to the district hospital in Betul on March 23 shortly after movements were restricted to contain coronavirus. Bundele alleged that police thrashed him mercilessly before he informed them about his visit to the hospital for treatment.
Bundele filed complaints with several authorities, seeking registration of a first information report against the policemen who attacked him. Bundele also filed a Right to Information application to retrieve the CCTV footage of the incident. However, two months later, he was neither given the CCTV footage nor was an FIR filed.
Patel visited Bundele’s house on May 17 to record his statement. “The cops mistook you as a member of the minority community due to your beard,” Patel allegedly told Bundele. Bundele then shared an audio clip of the conversation with the local media.
Superintendent of Police D.S. Bhadoriya suspended Patel after the clip was shared widely on social media.
“He allegedly made a comment which should not have been part of the police investigation,” Additional Superintendent of Police Shraddha Joshi said.