Kumaraswamy, a Police Sub-Inspector attached to the Bannerghatta police station has been suspended from service on charges of assaulting an IT trainer, G Rajesh, last week.
Preliminary inquiry found that he was guilty of assaulting Rajesh. The trainer was beaten with a cricket bat inside the Bannerghatta police station and jailed for asking the policemen to behave in a civilised way. Express had reported the case: “IT Trainer gets the taste of police brutality.”
The department had transferred the officer from the station and ordered an inquiry into the episode. Meanwhile, Gopal Menon, a human rights’ activist and a documentary filmmaker filed a complaint against SI Kumaraswamy.
The Bannerghatta police booked a case against the SI under IPC Sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 326 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons). “IPC Section 326 is non-bailable,” says Gopal. He maintained that they are not against the police department, but such elements in the department must be punished to instill confidence among people.
Bannerghatta police have recorded a fresh statement from victim Rajesh.