Police assaults, chains CRPF commando over COVID-19 lockdown … Probe ordered #coronavirusnewstolive - April 28, 2020 27 0 COMMENTS
Belagavi: Shocked over the brutal show of uncooked energy by the lads in khaki (uniform), Karnataka ordered an inquiry into the alleged thrashing and chaining of a CRPF elite commando by the native police for reportedly not carrying a masks amid the lockdown within the state’s northwest area final week, an official stated on Monday.
“State Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai ordered an inquiry into the incident as sought by CRPF Additional Director General of Police, Sanjay Arora, and book the constables who arrested, bashed and chained its CoBRA unit cadet Sachin Savant at Sadalga in Chikkodi taluk in Belagavi district,” the official advised IANS on cellphone.
Sadalga is about 590km northwest of Bengaluru.
Though the incident occurred on April 23, it got here to gentle on Monday when a video clip of it went viral on social media and caught the eye of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters in New Delhi.
“Sawant was thrashed, handcuffed and dragged in chains barefoot to the local police station for not wearing a mask while washing his motorbike outside his home in the village in violation of the lockdown norms and for allegedly assaulting the constables on duty,” stated Arora in a letter to state Director General of Police Pravind Sood.
Sawant was at house on prolonged go away from the 207 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), one of many 10 elite models of the CRPF shaped for guerilla ways and jungle warfare.
“The unpleasant situation could have been avoided if the local police had taken the CRPF hierarchy into confidence before arresting Savant. CRPF is a reputed force with high standards of discipline and has the institutionalised mechanism for taking care of such situations.
“Keeping in view the gravity of the incident and its impact on relationship between two police forces, we request you to get the matter inquired and provide justice,” Arora stated within the letter.
According to Belagavi Superintendent of Police Laxman Nimbargi, the scuffle broke out when Savant requested the constables who they had been to query him, as he was additionally a jawan within the CRPF and was at house on go away.
“When the constables informed Savant that the lockdown norms were same for all and he too had to follow them, he lost his cool and assaulted the constable duo. He was arrested under various sections of the IPC,” Nimbargi recalled.
Terming the incident unlucky and appears to have occurred within the warmth of the second beneath testing occasions, Bommai advised reporters in Bengaluru that motion could be taken if the constables are proved responsible.
State Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi additionally condemned Savant’s arrest and sought motion in opposition to the accused police personnel.
“Such treatment cannot be meted to a solider and he should be released from custody forthwith,” stated Jarkiholi.