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22 August 2013

2 Cops Suspended For Thrashing Northeast Students


Two cops suspended for thrashing northeast students The students had got down from a DTC bus and were in conversation with the DTC bus ticket checker when two sub-inspectors from Bharatnagar police station intervened and started threatening the students.

New Delhi, Aug 22 : Delhi Police is probing an allegation by a pair of students from the northeast that they were thrashed by two sub-inspectors over the trivial issue of not purchasing a bus ticket.

The North-East Forum for International Solidarity has claimed the two students were beaten up near Delhi University's Satyawati College. The sub-inspectors, Puneet and LakshmiChand, have been suspended.

"The two students belonged to the North-East Forum for International Solidarity that spearheaded the protests against Hindi-ization of DU. The two were on their way to Satyawati College to discuss the demerits of the four-year undergraduate programme and problems faced by northeasterners in the city," said Thanglunmang Khongsai, a NEFIS representative.

The students had got down from a DTC bus and were in conversation with the DTC bus ticket checker when two sub-inspectors from Bharatnagar police station intervened and started threatening the students.

"When the students allegedly objected, the policemen picked them up and took them to the police station where they not only thrashed them but passed remarks about their racially typical facial features. They were released only when they had signed on a statement saying they were not assaulted by the police but by a third party," Khongsai said.

The two students were later taken to Hindu Rao Hospital for a medico-legal case report which will be produced in court and the deputy commissioner of police, said sources.

Talking to TOI, DCP (northwest) N Gnanasambandan said they are taking the allegation seriously.

"We have found that the police were involved in an incident with two DU students. There are allegations and counter-allegations on the matter. We are sending senior officials to speak to the victims. Depending on what these officials find, we will begin legal action against the errant officers. We will also study the MLC report," the DCP said.

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