Amid strict rules to follow Covid-19 protocol, an Indore man was brutally assaulted by two policemen on Tuesday allegedly for not wearing a face mask properly.
The victim was identified as 35-year-old Krishna Kunjeer, an auto-rickshaw driver whose mask had slipped down his nose when he was on his way to meet his ailing father. As soon as the policemen saw him, they caught him on-road and demanded that he should come to the police station. Kunjeer denied their demand and soon after the cops began thrashing him.
A bystander shot the entire incident on his mobile phone, where the police officers were seen kicking the driver and punching him mercilessly as he lay on the ground, vainly trying to shield himself. While, his young son who was accompanying him, kept screaming for help to save his father.
Although, the assault took place in the middle of a road but none of the bystanders came to the rescue. The accused cops were identified as Kamal Prajapat and Dharmendra Jat, so far, no action has been taken against them.
However, only after the video was circulated widely the police suspended both the policemen accusing them of ‘gross misconduct’ but also claimed that the ‘victim’ is a habitual criminal and is a drug addict.
Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Bagri told News18 that the man who has two criminal cases of stabbing and extortion against and is a drug addict when was stopped for mask checking started arguing with the police and tried manhandling them. The officer claimed that the one who shot the video purportedly did not release the first portion of the video.
“However whatever the constables did was unacceptable under any circumstances and both have been suspended and attached to police line and a probe has been ordered under CSP Pardeshipura Nihit Upadhyay,” said the SP.
On March 30, the health ministry laid rules to strictly enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour — “Use the law, use fine… people need to wear a mask,” said VK Paul, chairman of the National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration. The orders from the government come after a rapid spike has been recorded across the country.
Over the past 24 hours, Madhya Pradesh recorded 3,722 fresh cases and 18 fatalities. Since March, 1,61,000 people have been fined for not wearing masks, the amount collected from them amounts to 1.85 crore.