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Two Indore cops suspended for beating up auto driver

by Eha

Indore: Two policemen have been suspended after a video of a 35-year-old auto-rickshaw driver being beaten mercilessly by the cops in Indore for his alleged failure to wear a mask has gone viral on social media. The viral clip shows two policemen roughing up a man having him pinned down to the road, bringing back the horrifying memories of the famous George Floyd case that sparked global ire last year. The driver, identified as Krishna, said that he was on his way to give food to his ailing father in the hospital and his mask accidentally slipped from the nose The policemen told me to come to the police station for not wearing a mask. I requested that I could report later but they did not listen and started hitting me. After a heated argument, I urged them to allow me to go to the hospital but they kept on beating me. My chain and locket were also broken,” he added. Krishna admitted that few cases of loot were registered against him in the past but he was granted bail later. The two policemen who thrashed the auto-rickshaw driver were identified as Kamal Prajapat and Dharmendra Jat. My son and few women relatives kept on screaming for help, but policemen pushed them back without paying any attention. After some time, the control room was informed and some police officers arrived on the spot. They also behaved with us in an unruly manner. I was kept in the thane from 11 am to 7.30 pm and my brother is still in the police station,” Krishna said. Indore Superintendent Ashutosh Bagri said that amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, the policemen are insisting people put a face mask and are even imposing fines if appropriate COVID behaviour is not followed. When those two cops tried to escort this man to Police Station for not wearing a mask, he tried to assault them. That part has been cropped in the video to malign Police’ image. What those cops did was also wrong, they’ve been suspended. Inquiry underway,” Bagri said. He said that the cases of extortion and knief-wielding were registered against the auto-driver and is also addicted to consuming drugs. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nihit Upadhyay is investigating the matter.

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