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File report on beating of auto driver, NHRC tells Delhi Police

India on 07 August 2013
Location : Delhi, India | Source : Indian Express.

National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued a notice to Delhi Police over alleged beating of an auto-rickshaw driver by a constable in Northeast Delhi's Seelampur area.

According to an NHRC statement issued on Monday, the rights panel has issued notices to the Delhi Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast Delhi) asking them to submit reports within two weeks into the alleged severe beating of an auto-rickshaw driver, Chand Mohammad, by a constable and his associates of Seelampur Police Station on July 31.

The notices where issued after NHRC took suo motu cognisance of a media report about the incident. The police personnel also allegedly snatched Rs 10,000 from Mohammad. The victim of police atrocity was taken to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital by his friends from where he was referred to the Lok Nayak Hospital for medical treatment of grievous injuries, the statement said.

According to the media report, some people were playing cards on a footpath in Seelampur. But they ran away when they saw a police constable and his associate approaching them. But the victim, who was a bystander, was caught by the police personnel, who allegedly refused to believe that he was not playing cards.

They took him to Seelampur Police Station where he was allegedly beaten up. They allegedly took Rs 10,000 from him, which he was carrying to repay the instalment of his auto-rickshaw loan.

He was released only when his friends reached the police station who subsequently took him to hospital, the statement said.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim. It has also asked the senior police officers to inform it about the status of health of victim and action, if any, taken against the delinquent police officer.

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