SI faces charge of bashing, looting

IMPHAL, 21st Oct: For the grave misconduct meted out by sub-inspector (SI) Tikendra Singh of Imphal West, a departmental proceeding is being contemplated against the police officer and he has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

During the period of suspension, Tikendra’s headquarters will be at reserve line, Imphal West district and he will not leave the same without prior permission from the Superintendent of Police, Imphal West, said an order issued by Imphal West SP Yogeshchandra Haobijam.

The Wangoi police station SI is accused of involvement in assault and looting a youth. The victim youth identified as Md Zaheer Khan was allegedly thrashed and robbed on Saturday evening at Hiyangthang without any rhyme or reason, according to family members as well as Mohammedan Social Youth Club, Hiyangthang. They demanded that the accused police officer be punished as per law of the land.

Zaheer’s father Md Fazuruddin told newspersons at Manipur Press Club on Sunday that Zaheer and four relatives were returning home after his medical examination on Saturday evening when they stopped near a pharmacy at Hiyangthang Maning to purchase medicines around 8.30 pm.

Quoting his son’s companions as saying that some persons were playing dice (lagao) game near the pharmacy when a police team came in a Maruti Gypsy and started to arrest the gamblers as well as Zaheer, Fazuruddin said his son and two others were body searched.

Along with charging the police team of taking away Rs 9500 which Zaheer possessed to buy medicines, he maintained that the police party took photos of his son and the other two with gambling materials in the backdrop.

As Zaheer resisted insistence by the police team to confess of playing the dice game, he was brutally thrashed and whisked away in an isolated place near Irom Meijrao where the police sub-inspector threatened to shoot him death, the father maintained and named the sub-inspector as Tiken. He further informed of heading to Wangoi police station upon receipt of information about his son’s arrest but was not allowed to meet his son.

Thereafter, the local Zila parishad member was contacted to help secure Zaheer’s release, Fazuruddin narrated, and added that though his son was released the police handed back only Rs 2000 out of Rs 9500 that the police team took from him. Decrying police excesses against Zaheer in-spite of the victim explaining that he was an ailing person, the family members and office bearers of Mohammedan Social Youth Club demanded appropriate actions against the police SI and other personnel involved in thrashing and robbing Zaheer.

They also suggested that the guilty officer and personnel be terminated from service for tarnishing the image of the entire police force along with cautioning that intense agitation would be launched in case the state government fails to act positively within five days. Zaheer (25) of Tarahei Konjin Hiyangthang is informed to be undergoing treatment at RIMS hospital.

Tarahei Konjil Apunba Nupi Lup and local people also demanded the government to award befitting punishment to the involved police officer. Decrying the incident, a sit-in-protest was staged at Tarahei Konjil, Hiyangthang on Sunday.

According to a statement issued by Lup secretary i/c Ph Rahimatun, Zaheer went to Hiyangthang Maning Leikai to buy medicines after he collected the medical report but he was detained by a police team led by SI Tikendra on the ground that he possessed a sum of Rs 10,000. The police charged him with indulging in gambling (dice game) in connection with Diwali festival and took him along Irom Meijrao road where he was beaten black and blue. He was also beaten inhumanly on reaching the Wangoi police station till 1 am of Sunday.

Strongly condemning the police excesses, the Nupi Lup and local people demanded the government to award befitting punishment to the involved police officer while adding that simply suspending the police officer will not be acceptable, the statement added.

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