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Police atrocities on citizens during the coronavirus outbreak across India

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The death of a father and son due to alleged custodial torture in Sathankulam town in Tamil Nadu sparked the outrage of social media. This hashtag aims to document all the cases of Police atrocities on citizens during the coronavirus outbreak across India.

Total Incidents: 9

Real Incidents: 7

Fake Incidents: 2

Fact Check: An image of lock-down violators falsely shared as mistreatment of migrant workers by Police

 A photograph of police in UP's Kanpur punishing people for stepping out during a nationwide lockdown was falsely shared as migrant workers being mistreated.


Cop hit women in Noida who waited 11-hours for ration amid lockdown

A policeman in Uttar Pradesh's Noida was caught on camera hitting women who had been standing in a queue for hours to take home ration in May, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incident took place in Sector 19 where several women had gathered to take home ration mostly from lower-income groups, had gathered to take home ration amid the lockdown.

Reportedly, the women had been waiting in line since 5 am on Friday to take ration. But even at 4 pm or 11 hours later they were yet to get their turn. They blamed the long wait on the ration distributor for choosing to distribute food to only "his people" first.

Departmental proceedings was initiated against the policeman.

Source: Times Now


Angry at Violation social distancing norms, a Cop in Prayagraj Runs Vehicle over Vegetables of Farmers

Upset over violation of social distancing norms that were in place to contain the spread of coronavirus, a police officer in Prayagraj ran his official vehicle over vegetables being sold by farmers at a mandi in June.

After a video of the incident went viral, there was an uproar on social media, following which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the immediate suspension of the accused police inspector posted with Ghurpur police station in the city. The chief minister has also directed the officer to compensate the farmers who lost their vegetables for his act.


Fact Check: Rizwan Ahmed was not beaten to death, clarifies Ambedkar Nagar Police

Ambedkar Nagar police refuted the viral claim that 22-year-old Rizwan Ahmed was beaten to death by the UP police and clarified that he died due to injuries he sustained because of his fall from a motorcycle.

Post Mortem report reveals pericardial effusion as the cause of death.


Two policemen thrashed a watchmen allegedly for violating lockdown

A 27-year-old watchman, Tej Bahadur Yadav was brutally thrashed by two policemen in the Bhatar area of Surat. The incident was recorded in a CCTV footage which went viral on social media. 

According to the CCTV footage, the two cops, posted at Khatodara police station, arrived near Sankalp Shopping Complex at 7.30 pm on Saturday on their official motorcycle. Yadav, who was on duty is seen sitting in the parking area of the complex in the video footage. The footage further shows the cops talking to Yadav for few seconds and then one of them pulls Yadav by the collar. 

Both the policemen were suspended. 

Source: Times of India


4 Mumbai cops blamed for Raju Velu Devendra's death during lock down restrictions

Four police personnel has been identified in relation to 22-year-old Raju Velu Devendra's death who was allegedly beaten to death by police during the lockdown restrictions in Mumbai. 

Reportedly, Devendra’s family members have alleged that on March 30, when they were going to meet a relative, a police team chased them and caught the deceased. The police personnel informed the relatives that they were taking Devendra to Juhu police station, but in the morning they were informed by the police that he was lying at Nehru Nagar Chowk. He has declared brought dead on arrival when his relatives took him to a hospital.

Initially, Juhu police had maintained that Devendra (22) was a victim of mob assault. However, now a departmental action has been initiated against them after the High Court directed the ACP of Bandra division, Mumbai Police to expedite the probe and submit a progress report by August 5. 

Source: Hindustan Times



Aaj Tak journalist attacked and beaten by police near his office during lockdown

On March 23, Naveen Kumar, a reporter with Hindi news channel Aaj Tak, was beaten by police while on his way to his office.

Kumar told that police stopped his car at a checkpoint for allegedly violating the lockdown. He said he showed the officers his press card, but they refused to let him go and started beating him, and then pushed him inside a police van where three officers punched and hit him. The officers only released him when other vehicles started lining up near the barricade and others witnessed the attack.

Journalists are considered essential services personnel and are, therefore, exempt from the restrictions.


50-year-old farmer thrashed by MP Cops, later succumbed to injuries

A 50-year-old farmer Bansi Kushwaha was allegedly brutally thrashed by Madhya Pradesh police in Jabalpur over lockdown violation in April. Kushwaha later passed away. 

Kushwaha, a native of village Tilahri, was returning from his farm after offering water and fodder to cattle when he was intercepted by the Gora Bazaar police station patrol team. During interrogation, the policemen allegedly thrashed Kushwaha who fainted. Instead of helping him, the police team then left and Kushwaha was later taken to hospital where he succumbed. 

Additional Superintendent of Police Dr Sanjeev Uike stated six personnel have been suspended for allegedly beating up the farmer. Uike claimed that five policemen including a Sub Inspector and a Head Constable have been suspended and the local City SP has been ordered to probe into the matter. The state government in the evening removed Superintendent of Police Amit Singh, replacing him with IPS officer Siddharth Bahuguna.




Man Who Was Buying Milk Dies Hours After Police Thrash Him

A 32-year-old man from West Bengal has died after allegedly being beaten by police while out shopping for milk during the coronavirus curfew. Family of the deceased alleges that the man died of the injuries sustained during the police’s assault on him.

The victim has been identified as Lal Swami, a resident of Howrah. He had reportedly left his residence to buy milk when was lathi-charged by policemen who were “clearing a gathering on the streets”.The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where was declared brought dead.

The police have denied the claim that the man died due to the lathi-charge and instead blamed a cardiac arrest, saying Swami was already suffering from heart ailments.