A youth was allegedly tortured by the police in Chandauli district after he was picked up at the Cantonment Roadways bus station in Varanasi district on Saturday evening. Suraj Pratap (23) was on his way to sit for a exam for the post of fitter in the National Thermal Power Corporation.
A probe has been ordered into the incident after a nayab tehsildar, who is Suraj Pratap’s cousin — sought help from Varanasi District Magistrate Pranjal Yadav in regard to the matter.
DIG (Varanasi Range) S K Bhagat said: “I have come to know about the alleged incident and written to the SP to get the matter inquired into by an officer of the ASP rank. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”
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However, Chandauli SP Muniraj G said no FIR has been registered. ASP Jiya Lal said so far, he was not aware that the matter was being probed.
The incident came to light, when Suraj — a resident of Khempur village in Sonbhadra — was found in a bruised condition by his cousin Anand Kumar Kanaujia, Naib Tehsildar of Raja Talab tehsil in Varanasi.
Kanaujia said: “Suraj Pratap stays in Patna. He was supposed to take a test for the post of fitter in NTPC in Varanasi. He had come to his native village in Sonbhadra a couple of days ago. On Saturday, he told me he was coming to Varanasi. When he reached the Cantonment Roadways bus station around 7.45 pm, he called me to say he will soon reach my home in Pandeypur.”
“When he did not reach home, I called him a few times. Somebody picked up but I could not talk to him. Then it was switched off. Around midnight, I got a call and Suraj told me that he was at the bus station,” he added. Kanaujia further said: “I went there and found him bruised. His face was swollen and there were several marks of lathi blows in his body. He could barely walk. We got him admitted to the Kabir Chaura Hospital.”
He added that Suraj later said a Special Operations Group team from Chandauli had picked him up at the bus station alleging that he was a drug dealer coming from Gorakhpur.“My cousin showed them his admit card, his bus ticket from Sobhadra and told them that his cousin was a government official. But they paid no heed. Suraj was taken to Mughal Sarai Kotwali and then to Alinagar police station. He was beaten up several times,” Kanaujia alleged.
“They left him back at the bus station after they realised that Suraj was not the person they were looking for,” he said. Subsequently, Kanaujia informed Varanasi DM Pranjal Yadav.
While Suraj was reported to be out of danger, Kanaujia said he had undergone tremendous mental trauma. “I will apprise the DM again this evening of what has transpired so far, as no policemen have been produced for identification till evening,” he said.