A 32-year-old businessman was allegedly beaten up and abused by four policemen in Arjun Nagar in New Delhi on Monday during a tenant verification drive. The accused policemen have been sent to the district police lines.
The four policemen posted at the Safdarjung Enclave police station had gone to Arjun Nagar to carry out a tenant verification drive when they entered into an altercation with Inderjeet Singh Ahluwalia, a local resident, for alleged delay in getting his tenants verified. “I told them that my father, a heart patient, was not well and sought a few days time to submit the verification form. But they would not listen to me and instead filled the form on their own and directed me to put signature on it. I refused to do so saying that the house belonged to my mother. At this, one of the policemen held me by the collar and pushed me. When I objected, they started beating me up and dragged me out in the street. The four then pushed me inside an auto-rickshaw and took me to the police station,” recalled Mr. Ahluwalia.
On reaching the police station, the policemen allegedly tore Mr. Ahluwalia’s shirt and beat him up mercilessly. “They abused me and threatened to teach me a lesson. Soon, my father followed us to the police station and a call was also made to the Police Control Room. My neighbours also gathered at the police station and I was let off. We later informed Delhi Minister Kiran Walia about the incident and she spoke to some senior police officers,” said Mr. Ahluwalia.
Ms. Walia also shot off a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner in this regard on Tuesday seeking his intervention.
For their part, the police said that a probe by the Assistant Commissioner of Police had been initiated into the matter and the accused policemen have been sent to the district police lines. A senior police officer, however, said that the allegations made by the victim seemed exaggerated.