TNN Aug 2, 2013,

BHOPAL: Two dalit youths were detained illegally, thrashed and paraded naked by a group of policemen in Sehore district to trace one of their relative, who absconded from parole two decades ago.

The traumatized victims, Mahesh Kumar and Arjun approached Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Thursday. This was their second complaint with the HRC. Both were allegedly threatened by the policemen, who were annoyed over HRC’s cognizance, on their first complaint after the said assault.

The incident took place at Siddhiqueganj village, where the two were detained by police on July 23. In a complaint lodged with HRC, they alleged that police took them to an isolated place, forced them to undress and lie down on ground.

“They thrashed us with cane and wooden logs asking the whereabouts of one Suresh. They kept us under detention for two more days and continued torturing us asking for the same man who we had not met or seen in the last 20-25 years,” the victims told TOI.

They were released on July 25, after wife of one of the victims approached superintendent of police (SP) Raman Singh Sikarwar and apprised him of the matter. On the same day, they lodged a complaint with HRC narrating their plight.

Annoyed over the HRC complaint, one of the cops allegedly called up the victim’s relative and insisted that the complaint be withdrawn.

In their complaint, the victims alleged that they were tortured by Narendra Singh Parihar and a constable Vikash Katihar posted at Siddhiqueganj police station.

District superintendent of police Raman Singh Sikarwar said, “If any such complaint has been made, we will get the matter investigated.”