3 cops suspended for not preventing Sohna murder

Residents allege policemen were drinking while on duty,investigation ordered.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published:February 10, 2012 1:36 am

A day after a 28-year-old man was beaten to death on the Gurgaon-Alwar highway,police have suspended three personnel who had allegedly done nothing to prevent the incident despite being present at the spot. They have been charged with negligence.

The three policemen were deployed in PCR vehicle no. 40,which was supposed to be near Sohna bus stand when the incident occurred. Besides taking disciplinary action against the three,the police have launched an inquiry into allegations by villagers that the youth,Bijender,was murdered because the policemen did not act in time.

While one is a constable,the other two are Exempted Assistant Sub-Inspectors.

The villagers alleged that the policemen in the PCR vehicle were under the influence of alcohol. Abheypur resident Vikram Singh claimed that when Bijender’s younger brother ran to the police personnel and sought their help,they refused to budge andsaid it was a regular scuffle that would soon be resolved. “He said that the policemen were drinking while on duty,” Singh alleged.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Hameed Akhtari denied comment on queries whether the policemen were subjected to a medical examination to confirm this allegation. “But the three have been suspended for negligence. An inquiry has been ordered to get a better understanding of the sequence of events,and their role in the incident,” he said.

Stating that their negligence was established through preliminary investigation on Tuesday night,Akhtari said,“There is no deadline for submission of the report,and the policemen will remain suspended till such time.”

However,no mention was made of the exact location of the PCR van when the incident occurred — a factor that could have been easily determined through the global positioning system device installed in the vehicle.

On Tuesday night,a group of seven-eight men brutally assaulted Bijender, reportedly over a bottle of water,and left him on the road to die. He succumbed to injuries before he could reach the Sohna Civil Hospital,barely 100 metres from the spot.

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