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Updated: April 10, 2010 12:51 IST

Police accused of torture

Staff Reporter
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A 34-year-man from Malur, jailed for theft six years ago, has accused the city police of harassing him repeatedly over thefts that have occurred since then, culminating in his alleged torture last month by the Kadugodi police. He has filed a complaint with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (SHRC).

Prakash alias Gunda living with his second wife in Malur after his release, earns a living by working on agricultural land given by his in-laws.

Since his release, Mr. Prakash said, he has turned over a new leaf but is routinely picked up by the police over stolen property. He was picked up by Kadugodi police on March 13 and taken to a lodge for questioning.

“He was beaten black and blue and the toenails of his left foot pulled out by the police. The lower part of his body has become weak,” said Prakash Kariyappa, coordinator, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem), who is pleading his case before the SHRC.

Though the police found nothing to implicate Mr. Prakash, he was produced before the tahsildar, who remanded him in judicial custody. Released on bail on April 7, he approached Sichrem.

“We will produce his medical report before the SHRC on Saturday,” Mr. Kariyappa said.

Habitual offender

However, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar described Mr. Prakash as a habitual offender. In 2007 he was arrested by J.P. Nagar police in connection with the theft of a kilo of gold.

On the accusation of torture against the Kadugodi police, Mr. Alok Kumar said: “I don't know the details. If there is any fault on the part of the police, disciplinary action will be taken after an inquiry.”

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