A city-based lawyer alleged that some officers from Vakola police station assaulted him, took Rs 25,000 from him and taunted him for ‘defending terrorists’ on Sunday. The zonal deputy commissioner is conducting an enquiry in the matter and said that the lawyer was abusing the policemen.
As per lawyer Moin Khan, he went to the police station to get an acknowledgement copy of a magistrate court order when the duty officer refused to do so claiming that it is a Sunday. “He finally gave the acknowledgement copy but threw the papers at me. Angrily, I stormed out when a constable called me saying that I was summoned inside,” he said.
“An inspector Patil and one Rawat confiscated my two mobile phones, wallet and Rs 25,000. They then dragged me to the detection room where they slapped me and hit my leg with a wooden staff. They then said ‘aatankwadi logon ko chudaya’ (you will fight cases for terrorists) at which point I told him to mind their language,” the lawyer alleged.
He added that the police said a case will be registered against him.
DCP Virendra Mishra, zonal deputy commissioner under which the police station comes, said that the advocate should have registered an FIR then and there. “We told him to go for a medical and get an FIR registered. We were recording his statement when he left midway. Why would he do so? We have strong evidence against him and independent witnesses to prove that he was abusing the policemen.”
“No FIR has been registered against anyone as we are still in the process of recording statements,” the deputy commissioner said. The lawyer said that he left the police station midway as he felt police would register an FIR and arrest him instantly.