A court in Gujarat’s Junagadh district on Wednesday directed that an FIR be lodged against five policemen who allegedly beat up a man for not wearing a mask in public amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Bhadresh Gandhi in Vanthali city against 323, 324 (voluntarily injuring), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 114 (criminal conspiracy) against another sub-inspector and four other personnel of Vanthali police station. IPC ordered an FIR, and the provisions of the Gujarat Police Act.
The court passed the order based on a complaint filed by one Adil Chauhan, stating that he was severely beaten by the police on September 25, 2020, as he was not masked.
The complainant said that he demanded action against the policemen from a senior officer of Junagadh police, but to no avail, after which he approached the court.
Video of the incident was widely shared on social media, with policemen appearing to beat Chauhan with sticks while he was standing behind a vehicle with both his hands tied.
The complainant was again thrown outside the Vanthali police station, it was said.
The court observed the prima facie, the manner in which the complainant was caught by the police with his hands tied behind the jeep and could not be justified by any restraint outside the police station.
The court stated that the accused policemen have clearly violated their authority by doing so, and that what they did to the complainant cannot be said to be part of their legal liability.
The accused policemen have been identified as Sub-Inspectors BK Chavda, Bharat Singh Sisodia, Jagdish Virbhai, Somatsingh Sisodia and Janak Singh Sisodia of Vanthali Police Station.