CP Counters Lawyer’s Charge

Published: 23rd July 2014 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2014 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: A day after members of the Bhubaneswar Bar Association staged protest demanding action against the policemen who assaulted one of their brethren Nihar Ranjan Sethi, Police Commissioner R P Sharma on Tuesday released a series of CCTV footages of the alleged attack and phone conversation transcripts, describing the sequence of events on the fateful day.

 On July 16, the day when the incident took place, Sethi, accompanied by four of his friends, went to a hotel located at Janpath. After spending around four hours at the place, Sethi left the hotel premises in an inebriated condition at 11.30 pm, Sharma said.

Meanwhile, the police control room was informed about an accident on the railway over-bridge between Vani Vihar and Rasulgarh at 2.38 am.

 Soon after, a PCR van from Saheed Nagar police station reached the spot and the cops found a person lying in a semi-conscious state  with injuries on his body.

 Due to unavailability of 108 ambulance, the injured man was rushed to Capital Hospital in the PCR van. Sharma said by examining the CCTV  footage at the Capital Hospital, it has been established that the accident victim was Sethi.

 “Sethi had alleged that police had left the hospital after leaving him unattended whereas the video footage shows two policemen accompanying Sethi to the doctors’ room  and being present inside for 25 minutes,” the Police Commissioner said.

 Sethi left the hospital at 4.45 am in an autorickshaw, which dropped him at his home along Mahatab Road under Airfield police limits. Police have recorded the statements of the doctor who had treated Sethi, security guard at the hospital and the auto-rickshaw driver.

 Sethi, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, said he was stopped by policemen near Ravi Talkies on July 16 night and assaulted.

 The lawyers had alleged that Sethi was brutally assaulted by the cops.


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