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Six Policemen Booked For Ill-Treating Faculty of Law Student

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Delhi Police has filed a case against six policemen from Adarsh Nagar police station for allegedly ill-treating a third-year law student from University of Delhi (DU) – Faculty of Law.

A case has been filed against six policemen including an SHO and five other officers of Adarsh Nagar police station after a third-year law student complained of an alleged ill-treatment.

Vijayanta Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (North West) said that an FIR has been registered on the complaint of Pramod Kumar under SC/ST Act and other relevant sections. Investigation has been initiated in the case.

As reported by The Hindu, Pramod Kumar, in his complaint mentioned that on 25th August, around 1:15 p.m., he received a call from Adarsh Nagar police station informing him that three persons including his nephew Amar had been arrested. He alleged that when he reached the station, the police “not only tortured, thrashed and abused him but even used casteist remarks”, Delhi Police said.

He further complained that the police “hit at his private parts” when he inquired the reasons of the arrest of his nephew and 2 other people.

Kumar’s nephew Amar is an accused in a case of Extortion and Arms Act. According to PTI sources, Amar was also earlier booked in March 2019 under POCSO Act and had gone to jail. He was out on bail.

As the news of police’s reported mistreatment reached students, several students from Faculty of Law gathered outside the Adarsh Nagar police station on Saturday night, to protest against the harassment and support Pramod.

Atul Jatav, a student from Faculty of Law, mentioned in his Facebook post that Pramod was “brutally tortured by the SHO and his staff”.

“Riding on their Brahminical masculinity, they attacked him with iron rods targeting his private parts and at the same time lashing casteist slurs against him saying ‘Yeh chamar log law sikhayenge (People from the lower caste will teach us law). It was a classic show of dalit atrocity, but this time by police itself, who are duty bound for the safety and security of these very people”, he wrote.

Amarjeet Kumar Singh, In-charge of All India Students’ Association (AISA) – Faculty of Law said in his press release, “We the students of the University of Delhi Faculty of Law made a gherao of Adarsh Nagar police station from the evening of 31st August 2019 till the morning of 1st September 2019, the police refused to register the FIR, then we sat on dharna there. After five hours of negotiation, the police agreed to register the FIR and finally the FIR has been registered at 4:15 AM on 1st September”, he added.

Singh further accused of alleged discrepancies in the FIR. He said, “There are discrepancies in the FIR. Para (3a) in which time and date of occurrence of offences (is mentioned) and in Para 7 in which the details of ‘known/suspect/unknown accused’ has been kept blank to screen the offenders from legal punishment”

He ended the press release by saying that they “will study the FIR thoroughly and will decide their future course of legal action in the matter as per law”.

Feature Image Credits: AISA- Faculty of Law

Shreya Agrawal

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