Panchkula: Two Panchkula police personnel brutally beat a 64-year-old muslim man calling him Pakistani, late on Sunday night.
As per Hindustan Times reports while victim Ramzan Mohammad is undergoing treatment for severe injuries on his hip at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the two cops — assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Karnail Singh and constable Jagjit Singh — have been suspended, but only after a protest.
Ramzan, who works as a driver for a Manimajra businessman and stays in Saketri, was on his way home when the cops on the police control room (PCR) duty stopped him near the railway under bridge in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC) around 12:15am.
Ramzan’s helper Tiwari, who was accompanying him in a new mini truck, said: “The cops started abusing us the moment we stepped out of the vehicle.”
“I told them that I am an Indian and even showed them my licence and Aadhaar card. But they kept on insulting me, calling me spy and anti-national.” — Ramzan Mohammad
Tiwari said Ramzan made the cops talk to their employer — Rakesh Goyal — and even showed them valid documents, but they impounded the vehicle. Following this, the cops allegedly took the two to the MDC police station.
Recalling his ordeal, Ramzan alleged the cops called him Pakistani. “I told them that I am an Indian and even showed them my licence and Aadhaar card. But they kept on insulting me, calling me spy and anti-national,” said Ramzan.
One of the cops then asked Ramzan and Tiwari to strip. When Ramzan resisted, they allegedly forcefully removed his clothes and kicked him repeatedly on his hips. “They then asked us to hand over our money to them. I had Rs 960 in my pocket while Ramzan had Rs 3,700,” said Tiwari.
Later, the cops called Rakesh Goyal, who then took Ramzan to hospital. Ramzan was bleeding profusely when he reached the Panchkula civil hospital around 1:30am.
After initial medication, he was referred to Chandigarh for surgery. Ramzan, who is already suffering from spine problem, will take some more days to recover and get discharged, said the victim’s family.
Flashing Ramzan’s blood-stained clothes, his son Mohammad Sadiq and other relatives blocked the main MDC road for several hours on Monday. “How can police justify beating up an elderly man who was returning home peacefully? He was tortured just to extort money,” he said.
Ramzan’s employer, Rakesh Goyal, said he has officially submitted a complaint against the cops. Later, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Manbir Singh said the ASI and constable have been suspended.