Close on the heels of the inhuman torture of a 16-year-old boy by a police constable, three young businessmen — all brothers — were allegedly beaten up and robbed by beat constables in Mahadevapura on November 13. The three brothers were also detained at the police station and a false case of not having proper documents was slapped on them. Their ordeal went on for a few hours till a local non-governmental organisation came to their aid.

Puja eve

It all started when Nathu Singh (22), Pahad Singh (30) and Surinder Singh (17) were going home on their scooter late at night after decorating their garment shop for the Lakshmi Puja in Pai Layout on Old Madras Road.

The brothers spotted a group of six men drinking and they shouted at them to stop. Thinking they were local goons, Nathu Singh revved up and sped. Suddenly a police constable confronted them and attacked them with a lathi in front of Skyline apartments.

Nathu Singh lost control of the vehicle and the three fell.

The constable was joined by three others who caned and kicked the fallen men, raining abuses on them.

The constables demanded the vehicle documents and tore Nathu Singh’s driving licence. They then rifled through the brothers’ pockets, took away Rs. 8,700 and marched them to the Byappanahalli police station.

Rescued by NGO

“I told them I tried to speed away thinking they were goons, but they said we were crooks and they would teach us a good lesson for offending them,” Nathu Singh told The Hindu .

They were eventually rescued by members of Global Human Rights who took them to Victoria Hospital where they were treated as out-patients.

The brothers have complained to Police Commissioner B.G. Jyothi Prakash Mirji, who told them due action would be taken against the erring police personnel.

Earlier torture

This is the second such reported incident of police brutality in the city in a week.

A 16-year-old boy who suffered injuries to his genitals at the hands of a Kamakshipalya police constable has complained to the Chief Minister, Home Minister, State Human Rights Commission and the Lokayukta, besides Mr. Mirji.