Cops who belted traffic violator yet to be identified

Despite video footage showing the participation of at least six policemen in the assault on Lokesh Kumar at Kasna police station on July 11,senior Noida police officials said they had not been able to “identify” those involved in the assault.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Greater Noida | Published: July 17, 2012 12:39:23 am

Despite video footage showing the participation of at least six policemen in the assault on Lokesh Kumar at Kasna police station on July 11,senior Noida police officials said they had not been able to “identify” those involved in the assault.

On Wednesday,police personnel were caught on camera lashing Lokesh Kumar with a belt after he entered into an argument with constables on duty near Pari Chowk in Greater Noida. Kumar had violated a traffic law.

In the aftermath of the incident,Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar suspended two constables,Lakhan Singh and Ashok Singh,and called for an inquiry.

Five days after the incident,senior police officials said the inquiry was on and they had not identified any other policeman.

Alok Priyadarshi,Circle Officer in charge of the Greater Noida area,said,“We suspended the two policemen involved. We have not been able to identify the others thus far. The inquiry is underway.”

Footage available with Newsline shows six policemen standing around a pillar in the police station.

While three can be seen holding Kumar’s hands,two were pushing him back,and another hits him repeatedly with a belt.

Ashok Kumar,Superinendent of Police (Rural),who is heading the inquiry,said,“The process is going on. No timeframe that has been ascertained thus far. But other than the two constables,if anyone else is found guilty,then action will be taken against them.”

Police officials also admitted that barring the suspension,no case has been registered even against the two policemen suspended.

“We have not made out a case thus far. Once the inquiry report comes out,these decisions will be take. Thus far,the two policemen have been suspended and a likely move is to cancel their increments.”

On July 11,police officials had revealed that they had been unable to track the victim despite having details of his car registration number DL 3C BC 7141,and had also not given Kumar a challan,though he was apprehended for driving on the wrong side of the Greater Noida Expressway.

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