February 4, 2009 1:11:12 am
The Circle Officer (CO) and the SHO of the Jaswant Nagar police station of Etawah district have been suspended and a sub-inspector dismissed from service for torturing an eight-year-old girl on Monday.
The girl was brought to the police station following a complaint of theft of Rs 280.
Taking a serious note of the incident,the Chief Minister Mayawati too intervened in the matter Tuesday evening and asked DGP Vikram Singh to submit a report into the role of the policemen within three days. The CO (Jaswant Nagar) Jalim Singh was suspended following the CMs order. But while the CM and top police officers were busy in the damage control exercise a TV channel beamed the torture footage live the cops in the dock visited the victims parents and tried to force them into withdrawing their complaint.
The girls parents Bhoop Singh Valmiki and Rajkali told The Indian Express that the SHO and the SI came to their house four times between 12 and 4.30 am on Tuesday with a paper and tried to forcibly obtain their signatures. The SHO visited their house on Tuesday afternoon too,Rajkali said.
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The girl said,The policemen pulled my hair and beat me up while enquiring about the money. I had seen a boy stealing the money and I do not know him.
The girls father,who is a Class IV employee with Etawah Nagar Palika and a resident of Loha Mandi locality,said,The policemen hurled abuses at my wife and shooed her away from the police station when she went there to enquire about her daughter on Monday evening. The girl returned home only late evening.
Meanwhile,ADG (Law & Order) Brij Lal said,A case of theft had already been registered against the girl and another FIR for torturing the minor has been lodged against the two erring policemen today.
Lal said Anju Kotharia,the complainant,had brought the girl to the police station on Monday evening after she suspected her of having stolen Rs 280 from her purse while she was shopping in the local market. Etawah SP Kripa Shanker Singh said,The minor girl has been sent back home and the allegation of theft against her was being investigated.
The sub-inspector,Shyam Lal,has been dismissed as he allegedly beat up the girl and harassed her at the police station. The SHO,Chandra Bhan Singh,has been suspended as the girl was tortured at his instance, the SP said,adding that a case under Sections 323 and 506 of IPC and SC/ST Act has also been registered against the SHO and the S-I.
Action would be initiated against the erring cops following the investigation in the case,he said.
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