THE BENGALURU Police have suspended three cops from Varthur police station for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old youth to the extent that his right arm had to be amputated. Head constables Nagabhushan Gowda, Nagaraj B N and Shivakumar H were suspended after an inquiry by a senior official revealed that they assaulted Salman during his illegal detention between October 27 and 31.
The alleged assault on Salman was so severe that his right arm got infected. Following the incident, he was taken to multiple hospitals for treatment and his arm was amputated on November 8.
Salman, a resident of Varthur in east Bengaluru, worked at a chicken shop before he lost his job during the pandemic. He was allegedly picked up by the police from near his home on October 27 in connection with a theft of car batteries earlier in the month.
He said the policemen arrived in a private vehicle with a Kerala registration number. “I was taken to Varthur police station where I was assaulted mercilessly by three men. I confessed to stealing three car batteries. They then took me to the people to whom I had sold the batteries. I was again brought to the police station and asked to confess to other thefts I had not committed,” Salman, who is recovering at the hospital, told The Indian Express.
He alleged that the police intensified the torture when he refused to confess to other crimes. “I was tied upside down and beaten up. Three cops assaulted me for three days. They targeted one body part at a time. They hit my right hand and kicked me,” Salman said, adding that he was released from police custody on October 31.
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