A Baramati court on Monday recorded in-camera statements of three youths arrested for robbery who had alleged that they were abused in police custody. The court also granted bail to them.
A primary medical report by the civil surgeon stated there were no external injuries. Some observations of the doctors have been kept reserved, said their lawyer. The three suspects, aged 20 years, who were arrested for robbery by Daund police and interrogated by Baramati Taluka police, had on Saturday told the court they were stripped and sexually abused by police, and that two of them were forced to perform anal and oral sex.
Additional superintendent of police Tanaji Chikhle, who is conducting an inquiry had on Sunday said his findings had shown that no such incident had taken place.
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The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) M R Jadhav had on Saturday ordered that three boys be kept in Yerawada jail and a medical examination be conducted. The three had named in their application a PSI named Sunil Gaikwad, and another person who was in police custody. They had told the court that another cop had stopped further sexual abuse.
The lawyer representing the three youths, Sudhir Pataskar, told Newsline on Monday, “Today, the court recorded the statements of the three boys in-camera. The Baramati court will submit a report to the district court, which will decide the merit of the case. On Tuesday, the Baramati court will record the statements of the policeman who had stopped his colleague, and the other man in custody… The report of Civil Surgeon says there are no external injuries but some of the findings have been kept reserved.”