TAMIL NADU

Take action against `erring' policemen, SP told

SMADURAI, MARCH 24. The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has directed the Superintendent of Police, Madurai, to enquire into a complaint against two sub-inspectors and three head constables attached to the Melur police station for forcing a villager to withdraw his criminal complaint and to take action against the "erring" policemen, if necessary.

According to the petitioner before the Bench, M. Kattuva Rowther, an agricultural coolie at Kallampatti in Melur taluk, the Melur police had harassed him by detaining in the police station for more than ten hours on January 27, when he approached them to lodge a complaint against another villager. Though the policemen repeatedly made him to visit the station, they never registered a case and instead threatened him to withdraw the complaint, he alleged.

Arguing for the petitioner, V.J. Kumaravel submitted that the police were more interested in conducting a `katta panchayat' between the parties than following due process of law. In spite of making separate representations to higher officials including the Deputy Inspector General and the Superintendent of Police, the policemen were not punished for their "illegal" action, he said.

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