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U.P. Police do it again, thrash women

Atiq Khan
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They were protesting against the alleged rape and murder of a six-year-old girl

An old woman collapses on the ground after being thrashed by a policeman at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.PTI Photo / TV GRAB
An old woman collapses on the ground after being thrashed by a policeman at Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.PTI Photo / TV GRAB

Women protesting against the alleged rape and murder of a six-year-old girl were brutally assaulted by the police in Aligarh on Thursday. TV grabs showed an old woman being thrown on the ground, reportedly by the Circle Officer of the Bannadevi police station.

Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Amit Pathak had even questioned the veracity of the allegations of the girl’s family that she was raped. Asked whether it was proved that the girl was raped, the SSP told reporters in Aligarh that a definite answer would be known only after the medical report was received.

Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Arun Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident. It will be conducted by the DIG of the Aligarh range. Mr. Kumar said in Lucknow that the DIG had been asked to submit his report within three days. Admitting that behavioural change and sensitisation of police personnel were essential for improving the image of the police force, the ADG said the guilty policemen would be punished.

Unconfirmed reports said DSP Arun Kumar Singh who pushed the women to the ground was suspended late on Thursday night.

Thursday’s episode in Aligarh was the fallout of the murder of a six-year-old girl, whose strangulated body was found in a garbage heap in Bannadevi.

Alleging rape and murder of the minor, people staged a protest demanding immediate police action. The agitators blocked the busy Aligarh-Delhi National Highway for several hours.

IG (Law and Order) Raj Kumar Vishwakarma told reporters that as the protesters resorted to heavy brick-batting, the police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the squatters on the National Highway. Six persons were taken into custody.

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