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Four Policemen who assaulted deceased laborer amid lockdown identified: State to Bombay HC

Lawstreet Journal 26 Jul 2020 5:18pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Four Policemen who assaulted deceased laborer amid lockdown identified: State to Bombay HC

The state recently informed the Bombay High Court, on July 23, 2020, that it had identified four officials of Juhu police station, who had allegedly assaulted Raju Velu Devendra (22), a laborer, on March 29 while enforcing the lockdown and also proposed a departmental inquiry against them.

Juhu police have claimed that the deceased Devendra was lynched by a mob for a robbery attempt and the police have booked eight people in the same context.

Government pleader Poornima Kantharia submitted the case status report by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Dattatray Bhargude who was investigating the death of Raju Devendra.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai was dealing with a PIL filed by one Firdause Irani, claiming to have been a victim of police assault. He also highlighted several other instances, wherein citizens were punished by the cops for venturing out during the lockdown.

According to Irani, he was subjected to police brutality just because he was not wearing a mask. He accused the cops of assaulting him. He, accordingly, filed a PIL highlighting various such instances.

In response to two specific instances, the state in its affidavit gave a clean chit to the cops. In one such incident, a handcart puller died while he was on his way to deliver a refrigerator, after being allegedly assaulted by the cops for not wearing a mask.

On July 23, when the matter came up for hearing, the bench was informed that four policemen were identified, who allegedly assaulted the deceased.

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