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Chembur resident alleges he was manhandled by police, later denies

Police say complainant was drunk and created ruckus in police station.

| Mumbai | Published: December 7, 2015 1:13:32 am

A 46-year-old Chembur resident Sunday alleged that he was manhandled and beaten up by a drunk police sub-inspector at Chembur police station Saturday night. However, he later denied the allegations. The police countered, saying that the complainant Anil Rajpal was drunk. The police also charged him with creating ruckus at the police station.

According to Rajpal, his nephew who had lost his iPhone was asked by the Chembur police Saturday to pick it up from the police station. Rajpal, along with three other relatives, had visited the police station, but sub-inspector Sandeep Sonwalkar was in the detection room, having dinner.

According to Rajpal’s earlier statements, Sonwalkar was drunk, and when they entered the detection room again, he got abusive and pushed Rajpal. “He got aggressive and started beating me. Later I was taken to the hospital. After I returned to the police station, they charged me Rs 1,250 under the Bombay Police Act,” Rajpal had said.

However, DCP Sangramsingh Nishandar pointed out that Rajpal had three cases registered against him, including one of driving a senior citizen to suicide, in the past. According to him, Rajpal along with 4 to 5 men came to the police station when the PSI was having dinner.

“Later when the sub-inspector called Rajpal’s nephew inside the detection room, Rajpal and the others also tried to get in. When the PSI objected and said they just needed his nephew to confirm if the phone belonged to him, Rajpal who was drunk got into an argument with him and asked him if he knew who he was,” Nishandar told The Indian Express.

He added, “We have CCTV footage to show how Rajpal was finally coaxed by an assistant police inspector to come to the adjoining room to ease the situation.”
“The medical report done by us also does not show any injuries,” Nishandar said. While Rajpal had a medical report stating ‘assault by one person by hand and unknown article’ on shoulder and back, Nishandar questioned why he got his medical test done at least 12 hours after the incident.

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