Three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were suspended and a case lodged against them Tuesday for allegedly torturing a youth and injecting petrol in his private parts at a police outpost in Mahoba district’s City Kotwali police station.
The victim’s father, Daya Shankar Gupta, alleged that policemen had picked up his son — Dependra Gupta alias Vicky (26) — on January 22 and tortured him, forcing to return the money he had borrowed from his friend. The policemen also demanded money for his release, he added.
The medical examination of Vicky has confirmed injuries on his body caused by a blunt object. When contacted, Mahoba SP Ram Kishore, however, said the report ruled out that victim was injected petrol in his private parts. “It appears that Vicky was assaulted, but actual details will be known after investigation,” he added.
On the basis of a complaint filed by victim’s mother Ranjana Gupta, an FIR has been lodged against Subhas police outpost in-charge, S-I Devendra Singh Yadav, and constables Deepak and Gajendra. They have been booked on charges of forgery, voluntarily causing hurt and under Prevention of Corruption Act. Two local youths, Irfan and Sapan, have also named in the FIR.
Ranjana has further alleged that police took Rs 1 lakh from them for Vicky’s release and also made him sign a blank cheque.
Circle Officer (City) Sandeep Yadav said: “We are verifying the allegations. The report of the victim’s medical examination, conducted on Monday, stated that his injuries were sustained one or two days ago. The victim, however, claims that the police tortured him on January 22 night.”
S-I Devendra Singh Yadav claimed that on January 22, he came to know that Vicky was creating a scene at Irfan’s shop in the Sabji mandi area. He reportedly went there and came to know that Vicky had given a cheque — dated January 23 — of Rs 4 lakh to Irfan.
“However, Vicky wanted Irfan to return the cheque, as he would give the money in cash. Irfan refused to return the cheque till he gets the money… Following this, Vicky was brought to the police outpost for questioning,” he claimed.
The S-I denied that the Vicky, who was booked for breach of peace under Section 155 of CrPC, was tortured.
Vicky, however, claimed that on January 22 morning, he had gone to Ifan’s shop where Sapan purchased gold worth Rs 4 lakh. Later, Irfan reportedly came to his house and took him to the police outpost. Vicky was detained there.
His father Daya Shankar Gupta alleged that the policemen demanded Rs 1 lakh to release his son.
“It took time to arrange the money. The next morning, when I went to the police outpost, they refused to release him even after taking the money,” he added.
Vicky, who was later released on a personal bond, claimed that the policemen took him to another police outpost in the night where he was tortured and injected with petrol in his private parts.