Karnataka cops ‘manhandle’ CRPF commando; DGP’s intervention sought

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Karnataka cops ‘manhandle’ CRPF commando

The CRPF has taken up with the Karnataka Police the “disagreeable” case of alleged manhandling and handcuffing of its CoBRA commando by policemen and has despatched a group to follow-up on the matter, officers stated on Monday. The Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) specialises in guerrilla ways and jungle warfare.

The pressure has written a letter to Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood stating that the “disagreeable scenario might have been averted had the state police taken the CRPF hierarchy into confidence earlier than making the arrest” of the jawan on April 23 in Belagavi district.

The CRPF is mulling to file “a counter FIR towards the atrocious motion of the police” towards the jawan, a senior officer of the paramilitary pressure advised PTI. 

The CRPF letter stated commando Sachin Savant was “manhandled, ill-treated, paraded to the police station barefooted, stored in chains and handcuffs” by police personnel on COVID-19 lockdown obligation in Examba village of the district.

In a video, shot from a distance by an area on a cell phone, it’s seen the mufti sporting commando and two policemen stepping into an altercation, and subsequently, throwing blows at one another.

The CoBRA commando was on go away and at his residence city.

As per the CRPF, the state police knowledgeable them that Savant was exterior his residence to scrub his bike and “was not sporting a masks”, and police personnel on obligation requested him why he was not sporting a face masks.

The police report stated the commando “began the altercation” with the beat constable and an one other policeman accompanying him and “assaulted” them.

CRPF officers countered the model saying the jawan knowledgeable the policemen that he was not sporting the masks as he was simply exterior his residence.

The incident has led to resentment amongst officers of the paramilitary pressure and so they have demanded a good investigation within the case and sought intervention from the CRPF brass.

“We have taken up the case with state police chief of Karnataka. His (Savant) bail plea is coming earlier than the court docket on Tuesday and the CRPF too shall be in court docket by means of its native officers. Thereafter, case investigation shall be adopted as much as take it to the logical conclusion,” CRPF spokesperson Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Moses Dhinakaran stated.

The CRPF has acknowledged within the letter to the DGP that after scrutiny of the video “it’s obvious that the conduct of police personnel was not citizen centric.”

The letter, written by a particular director general-rank officer on behest of CRPF Chief A P Maheshwari, requested the DGP to get the matter inquired and “present justice to the jawan preserving the gravity of the incident and its affect on the connection between the 2 forces.” 

It stated the CRPF is a pressure “with excessive requirements of self-discipline and it has institutional mechanism for taking good care of such conditions.”

The commando advised the police he was additionally a policeman like them and knew his obligations, after which he agreed to return inside his home and ended the argument. But then the police personnel pushed him and rained ‘lathi’ on him resulting in assault between the 2 sides, CRPF officers alleged.

The police report stated the commando has been arrested beneath sections of the IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act and is at current in judicial custody on the native Sadalga police station.

{A photograph}, now viral on social media and likewise accessible with CRPF authorities, reveals Savant handcuffed and squatting in a spot that was claimed to be the native police station.

“Is this the best way to deal with a commando of a uniformed pressure? The jawan was handled like a dreaded felony by placing handcuff and chain that are in any case disallowed to be placed on an individual,” a senior CRPF official stated.

The commando is posted with the 207th battalion of the CoBRA. This unit is presently deployed for anti-Naxal operations in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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