MUMBAI: An FIR has been lodged against the constables of the Andheri Police station after a video went viral in which the men in uniform were seen abusing and beating a young couple.
Ghulam Maqbool Sheikh, an eyewitness to the brutality, said the woman was slapped repeatedly by the cops until she was bleeding.
“The couple was fighting outside the police station when a constable asked the girl if she was being harassed. She said it was a personal matter and did not want any interference by the cops, nevertheless they were taken inside the police station,” Sheikh told ANI.
The boy and the girl were made to sit separately and after a while she got scared and started creating a commotion which is when the cops started slapping her.
“She asked her friend to help her and when he came forward the police did not spare him as well and beat him up badly. The woman kept screaming for mercy but to no avail,” the eyewitness added.
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Sheikh, who works for an NGO, filmed the entire incident on camera and demanded action against the cops.
“We are going to file an FIR against the cops involved in the attack on my clients at the Andheri Police station at 12:30 am on November 2nd. The couple were thrashed by the cops including the woman constable and were also illegally detained in the lock-up. They were also taken to the hospital for an illegal medical examination and we have the certificate as proof,” Nitin Satpute, the lawyer of the complainant told ANI.
Satpute asserted that the video was used as leverage against the cops, who had vehemently refused to file the FIR saying it would lower the image of the Mumbai Police.
This is the second instance in a month where the Mumbai cops have come under the scanner for their brutality.
Earlier, two Muslim youth were told to go to Pakistan by a police constable inside the Bandra police station before being brutally assaulted in custody.
MUMBAI: A video showing a young couple being thrashed by cops inside a police station in Mumbai has gone viral on social media.
In the video, the couple is seen being dragged and pushed around by cops who later beat up the man inside a police station in suburban Andheri.
The police has denied thrashing the duo.
“The couple were under heavy influence of alcohol and were fighting with each other on the road near Andheri Metro Station. They were then brought to the police station but the two started fighting again. The police just did its duty to separate them while they were fighting,” Nandkumar Dhumal, Senior Inspector, Andheri Police Station told news agency PTI.
Mr Dhumal also said that that at one point, the man even tried to get hold of the woman. The police tried to stop him, he claimed, adding that the video was shot at that particular moment.
“The video clip has been recorded to besmirch the reputation of the police,” Mr Dhumal said.
An inquiry has been initiated in the matter, he added.
The parents of the couple were called to the police station. Later, the two were released after a warning, he said, adding that their statements were recorded.
According to the police, the woman is a resident of suburban Nalasopara while the man lives in Byculla in South Mumbai. They two work at a call centre in the Malad area.