A few pro-people organisations, under the banner of Pragatipara Sanghatanegalu, staged a protest here on Wednesday, demanding disciplinary action against a sub-inspector and his staff in Hassan City police station for allegedly assaulting three people.

The protesters said PSI Mahesh and his staff had allegedly tortured Kouser Ahmed, an employee with the Social Welfare Department, his brother Johar Ahmed, a conductor-cum-driver of the KSRTC, and his nephew Shoaib.

“The three were locked up and beaten up severely. While Kouser was out on bail, the other two, facing charges of attempt to murder, were still in judicial custody,” the protesters said.

They said that Shoaib was arrested on September 3 in connection with an assault case. The police booked cases against his uncles Kouser and Johar, who went to the police station to enquire about their nephew’s arrest. They alleged that the three were tortured because they belonged to a particular religion.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar seeking dismissal of the policemen. Kouser also submitted a complaint to C.G. Hunagund, member of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, who was in Hassan on a two-day visit.

Responding to allegations against his officer and staff, Superintendent of Police Ravi D. Channannavar told The Hindu that the allegations made against the police were baseless. “The police had received a complaint against Shoaib and Johar. Both were accused of assaulting a person with an iron rod. Kouser had obstructed the policemen from discharging their duties. The cases were registered against all of them,” he said.

Mr. Channannavar said he would look into the allegations of torture.

Sub-inspector and staff of Hassan City police station accused of illegally detaining three