SI suspended in police brutality case

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.

Published: 30th October 2013 11:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2013 11:50 AM   |  A+A-

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.

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