Tamil Nadu

SHRC seeks report on police beating up teenager in Coimbatore

Panel takes cognisance of media report on the incident at an eatery

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance of a media report over a recent video that showed Coimbatore police personnel beating up a 16-year-old boy following a quarrel over his parents keeping an eatery open during the lockdown.

SHRC member A. Chittaranjan Mohandoss directed the Coimbatore Police Commissioner to file the report within two weeks.

According to the media report, police personnel attached to Rathinapuri police station beat up the boy, who was helping his parents at their small eatery. The police had asked his parents to close the eatery, which was functioning beyond the permissible time at night during the lockdown.

The boy was said to have been video-recording the incident when a policeman allegedly snatched his phone and was about to leave on a bike. He then attempted to snatch the policeman’s bike key following which he was beaten up in front of his parents and members of the public, the report said. The entire sequence of events was video-recorded on a mobile phone by a bystander. The police had beaten up the person who recorded the events as well, it said.

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