Police first allegedly thrash doctor; further book him for assault

Srinagar, 19 May: Ijtaba Shafi, a dental surgeon in Srinagar has alleged that he was thrashed by the police yesterday. According to media reports, Ijtaba has alleged that he was slapped and manhandled by the police when he had only objected to the beating of a civilian in Qamarwari square of the city.

Speaking to media persons the doctor said that he was headed towards his workplace and the vehicles were being checked by the police on the way. A particular officer snatched the registration certificates from many owners. According to the Dentist’s statement a sub inspector then dragged a driver and started beating him non-stop after having a verbal spat with him and the driver had been thrashed so hard that he started bleeding from his nose. The vehicles were being told that they were not supposed to be in the double lane but everybody was following that already.

Shafi said that he approached the officer on duty and inquired as to why the RCs were taken away to which he was asked to apologise for violating the traffic rules.

Shafi further alleged that when he disagreed, the officer got irritated, slapped him and grabbed him by the collar tearing off his shirt.

He was forced to go the police station with these men where he was further harassed and faced abusive language he alleged and was later allowed to go.

The police however maintains a different version denying the allegation and said that it was the doctor who assaulted a police officer on duty.

“He was travelling in a wrong lane and when we seized his vehicle’s RC, he came down and assaulted an officer on duty. We have registered a case against him under Section 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the RPC,” the officer said according to media reports.

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