Physically challenged youth held at night ‘on false charges’

The State Human Rights Commission has condemned the State police for charging false cases against innocent people to cover up the failure to nab those involved in crime.

Commission chairman J.B. Koshy made the observation during the hearing on a petition filed by Gopinathan Nair alleging that the police had arrested his physically challenged son Arun in the dead of night and falsely implicated him in connection with the violence at the M.G. College here. Mr. Koshy directed the Chief Investigation Officer of the commission to conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident and submit a report before August 27.

In his petition, Mr. Nair alleged that the police had barged into his house at night and arrested his son who was asleep. He said the policemen had also assaulted Arun as well as his parents and taken away documents, including the student’s SSLC certificate and treatment records.

The commission directed the police to identify and bring to book, those who had unleashed violence on the M.G. College campus. Observing that the police was bound to abide by the procedures for arresting a person or taking him into custody, Mr. Koshy said the commission would probe the police action against Arun. The respondents, including the City Police Commissioner, and Circle Inspector and Sub-Inspector, Peroorkada, have been given time till August 27 to file their report.