Five personnel posted with the outer district’s vigilance unit were allegedly beaten up by locals in Ranhola, where they had gone to conduct surprise raids over illegal sale of liquor. Following the incident, the injured personnel, in a recorded video message, alleged that locals who attacked them had acted at the behest of the SHO and local police. Two cases have been registered against the attackers, and an inquiry has been initiated against local police.
The incident took place on Wednesday, when a team headed by two sub-inspectors, Suresh and Bharat Bhushan, along with ASIs Virender and Dharambir and head constable Pradeep reached Deep Enclave in Ranhola. “The team had received information that illegal sale of liquor and betting was going on there. The information was shared with DCP (outer) Seju Kuruvilla, who directed a surprise raid,” a senior officer said.
Police said the vigilance team reached, accompanied by local beat staff, but were held hostage after they entered the premises. “They were attacked inside the premises and stones pelted at them. For around 15-20 minutes, they were trapped and physically assaulted, but eventually managed to escape,” an officer said. Simultaneously, two PCR calls were made and police rushed to the spot. “Before their arrival, a video was recorded by the vigilance team in which they alleged that the attack was planned and local police had a role to play. The officers were taken to DDU Hospital and later shifted to another hospital, where they are recuperating,” the officer said.
On the basis of their complaint, two separate cases have been registered against one Shansi Bittu and his relatives. “A hunt is on to nab the accused. As of now, no action has been taken against local police as we are first conducting an inquiry and probing their role,” Kuruvilla said.