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In India it is well known that some police commit their atrocities on innocents and do brutal attacks on thieves or criminals beyond what they deserve. There was this incident of brutal police attacks on OU students and Journalists on 14-15 Feb 2010, and in the past many such incidents like a thief in Bihar was dragged by chaining his hands to the bike all over a village till he passed out.

In the line of similar incidents, we see from this news video that on the same day as OU violence incident (15-Feb-2010), an innocent citizen (Nitish) in Madhya Pradesh state who was just having breakfast after coming from a Shiva Temple.

As he came out of Temple of Lord Shiva, he has a Tilak on his forehead which is a norm observed by Hindus. The police have beaten the student without giving any reason as to why they are beating him badly.

Recently Shiva Sena activists of Mumbai have announced that they will protest the screening of Shah Rukh Khans film My Name is Khan. But even when some Shiva Sena activists located on the spot mentioned that this Nitish was not related in any way with them, still the police had beaten him for hours.

Nitish filed a complaint with Human Rights Commission for the animalistic behaviour of Police on him. The commission ordered an enquiry into the incident.

Video source : TV9, Freedocast-tv9 online


List of cases of police brutality in India

This is a list of notable cases of police brutality in India.

  • 1930: On 12 December 1930, Mumbai cotton mill worker Babu Genu Said was crushed by a truck at the order of police. He was an active participant in the protests, organized by Indian independence activists against the import of foreign made cloth. His death resulted in a huge wave of anger, strikes, and protests throughout Mumbai.
  • 1980: The Bhagalpur blindings was an incident in 1979 and 1980 in Bhagalpur in the state of Bihar, India when police blinded 31 undertrials (or convicted criminals, according to some versions), by pouring acid into their eyes.
  • 1981: On 11 October, a National Games Winner and a representor of India at 1958 Asian Games, Paan Singh Tomar was killed in a Police shootout.
  • 1982: On 11 January, the first encounter of Mumbai Police was completed. A Gangster who scored 78% from Kiriti College, Mumbai, Manya Surve was killed without giving him proper chance to defend or surrender. Police fired 25 bullets on his chest but his strength kept him alive for about 1 hour. A movie Shootout at Wadala is made on this case.
  • 1987: The Hashimpura massacre took place on 22 May 1987, during the Hindu-Muslim riots in Meerut city in Uttar Pradesh state, India, when 19 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) allegedly rounded up 42 Muslim youth from the Hashimpura mohalla (locality) of the city, took them in truck to the outskirts, near Murad Nagar, in Ghaziabad district, where they were shot and their bodies were dumped in water canals. A few days later dead bodies were found floating in the canals.
  • 1994: The Rampur Tiraha firing involved police firing on unarmed Uttarakhand activists at Rampur Tiraha (crossing) in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh inIndia on the night of 1–2 October 1994. The activists, part of the agitation for the separate state of Uttarakhand, were going to Delhi to stage a dharna at Raj Ghat on Gandhi Jayanti, the following day, when alleged unprovoked police firing in the night of 1 October led to the death of six activists, and some women were allegedly raped and molested in the ensuing melee.
  • 1994: The Koothuparamba firing was a police action on 25 November 1994, in the Kannur district of Kerala. The firing happened after the inauguration of the Co-operative Urban Bank’s evening branch, when the DYFI protested against Communist Marxist Party (CMP) leader and Kerala’s Minister, M.V. Raghavan. The police fired at the crowd for both the protection of the Minister and public and private property. Five DYFI activists were dead and six people were injured.
  • 1999: Thirunelveli massacre was brutal police action on a procession taken out in support of agitating tea estate workers, claimed 17 lives in Thirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.[1][2]
  • 2003: The Muthanga incident was a brutal police action on Adivasis who had gathered under Adivasi Gothra Mahasbha (ADMS) in protest to the Kerala Government‘s delay in allotting them land, which had been contracted in October 2001. Two fatalities were officially confirmed, however the government later put the death toll at 5.[3][4] More than 15 Adivasis fatally wounded.[5]
  • 2011: The Forbesganj firing was an act of state brutality in which four villagers were killed near Forbesganj, a town in Bihar, India, on 3 June 2011. An inquiry into the incident, conducted by reputed NGO ANHAD, suggests a role of politicians from the Bharatiya Janata Party in the killings. The residents of the villages of Bhajanpur were protesting the grant of land to a factory owned by the son of Bharatiya Janata Party politician Ashok Agarwal.
  • 2015: 2015 Andhra shootout was an incident in the Seshachalam forest in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh that kills 20 suspected woodcutters.[6]

2015: on 25th August, Patidar community organised one of the largest assembly in Ahmedabad (1.5-2 million people) demanding OBC quota for the patidar who are left behind. The convener of rally (Hardik Patel), decided to sit on hunger strike after rally was over. Around 20:00 in dark police jump on crowd & media personnel with sticks and arrested Hardik which turn into big chaos. The people come out in opposition and vandalised public property and whole state law and order was disturbed. Police (majority of whom coming from OBC) make the things personal and tried to pick each and every person of Patidar community. They vandelised most cars and other vehicles in Patidar areas. Police Killed 10 people in heavy firing all over the state including, a youth in custody after picking up from his home. High court has asked for CBI inquiry on PI P D Parmar (OBC), sheikh & Jha. Situation was controlled after 3 days when Army flag marched across the cities of Gujarat. Police was heard using abusive language on Patidar’s women and kids, whole Patidar community was put on side as the protector of law become biggest enemy with government machinery.

Is NHRC India want to be mouthpiece of police and BSF and passing final order arbitrarily without hearing the other side? Though cases of similar nature are lying with NHRC.

25 August 2015
The Acting Chairman
National Human Rights Commission of India
Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi – 110023
Ref.:- NHRC Case No.:- 1460/25/15/2013/OC
The Commission’s Letter dated 28.5.2015
My complaint dated 3.12.2013
Sub.:- Appeal to re-open the case
Respected Sir,
I received your letter dated 28.5.2015 in connection with NHRC case no. 1460/25/15/2013/OC wherein it is informed that the case was closed. On many folds I am aggrieved with the decision of the Commission.  
First of all, the Commission did not give me any opportunity to place my comments on the reports submitted before the Commission by BSF and police authorities concerned. The Commission took its decision on the unchallenged reports of the BSF and police authorities. In the Commission’s letter dated 28.5.2015 the gist of the reports submitted by the police and BSF has been highlighted which reveals that the victims being Bangladeshi nationals were arrested inside Indian Territory without any valid documents for which prosecution was launched against them and upon completion of investigation charge sheet filed against them  and it is also opined in one of the reports that they entered into India illegally out of their own free will with some vested interest i.e. for meeting the relatives or for some employment.
 I can indisputably say that the charge sheet was filed against them only on the basis that they made entry into Indian Territory without valid documents and there was no independent inquiry either by police or Border Security Force to ascertain as to whether the women named in my complaint are the victims of trafficking except a formal police investigation into the offence of entry into Indian Territory without any valid document.  In the reports submitted before the Commission, the victims were merely seen as offenders not as victims who driven by the desire of fulfilling survival needs left their families and communities in search of work or opportunities to outsides that ended up in an abusive and exploitative situation. 
I strongly place before the Commission that there is nothing on record to show that any investigation was done by police or BSF immediately after arrest of the victims in view of the directions issued in the office memorandum No. 14051/14/2011-F.VI of Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) Government of India Dated 1st May, 2012 in order to ascertain as to whether they were the victims of trafficking or not. It is nowhere evident that the Investigation Officers of the criminal cases in which the victims were implicated examined the victims regarding their socio-economical condition, the circumstances which led for them to come to India.      
I can surely assume that the statements of the victims were not recorded to ascertain as to whether they were the victims of trafficking because it might have thought that those victims being offenders has no right to be heard.  Not a single statement from those victims came to fore as to whether they came to India out of their free will or not before claiming in police report that they entered into India out of their own will.
It is also curious to note that the Commission in its letter dated 28.5.2015 mentioned that the SDPO, Basirhat submitted a detailed report dated 15.3.2014 which was highlighted in the letter and upon perusing the same I found that the self same report was also submitted by the SDPO, Basirhat before the Commission in connection with the NHRC Case no. 1459/25/15/2013 with regard to my complaint dated 9.12.2013. The Commission sent me the copy of the said report of the SDPO, Basirhat for my comments and I duly sent my comments through my letter dated 3.9.2014. The copy of the report of the SDPO, Basirhat dated 15.3.2014 and my letter dated 3.9.2014 is attached herewith for your kind perusal.
The proceeding in connection with the NHRC Case no.1459/25/15/2013 is still pending before the Commission and I herein below attached the case status available in the Commission’s website:-  
Case Details of File Number: 1459/25/15/2013
Diary Number
Name of the Complainant
Name of the Victim
Place of Incident
Date of Incident
Direction issued by the Commission
These proceedings shall be read in continuation of the earlier proceedings of the Commission dated 02.01.2015, when a final reminder was issued to the Superintendent of Police, North 24 Parganas, Bashirhat, for sending his additional report in the light of the comments of the complainant. He was also directed to send report about the current status of the departmental action initiated against the Investigating Officers and outcome of investigation of the Cases Nos.846/13, 864/13 and 866/13 of PS Swarupnagar. In response, the Superintendent of Police, North 24 Parganas, Barasat, vide his letter dated 10.03.2015 reported that an enquiry was conducted by the Addl. SP (North), Barasat, who submitted a detailed report. The following facts are ascertained from the said report: (1)Swarupnagar PS case No.846/13 was reopened and further investigation is under process. (2)In Swarupnagar PS case No.864/13 dated 26.11.2013, the conviction had already pronounced by the Ld. Court on 27.03.2014 and all the accused persons have been pushed back on 24.07.2014. (3)Trial of PS Swarupnagar case No.866/13 dated 26.11.2013 is still pending before the Ld. ACJM, Bashirhat. All the accused persons are in Court bail. It is further mentioned that all the departmental proceedings are pending for findings of the enquiry officers, which is expected within a short period. A copy of the report dated 07.03.2015 submitted by the Addl.SP (North), Barasat is sent with the communication. The Commission has considered the report. The Superintendent of Police (North), 24 Parganas, Barasat, West Bengal, is asked to send a detailed report, within six weeks, regarding the outcome of departmental proceedings pending against the erring police personnel and the final outcome of further investigation of Case No.846/13 of PS Swarupnagar.
Action Taken
Additional Information Called for (Dated 5/5/2015 )
Status on 8/8/2015
Response from concerned authority is awaited.
Therefore, from the above it is absolutely clear that the SDPO, Basirhat did not make any separate and neutral enquiry in the present case. As the report of the SDPO, Basirhat dated 15.3.2014 submitted in NHRC Case no. 1459/25/15/2013 was challenged by me in my letter dated 3.9.2014 and the case is still pending before the Commission, so it is absolutely erroneous and prejudice that the Commission closed the present case giving reliance on the self same report of the SDPO, Basirhat dated 15.3.2014.    
Hence, I urge before the Commission to reopen the present case and direct an independent investigation into the matter by one neutral investigation agency in accordance to the office memorandum No. 14051/14/2011-F.VI of Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) Government of India Dated 1st May, 2012 and role of the concerned police personnel, the BSF and the concerned Magistrates must be investigated as they violated the order of Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) Government of India.


Innocent minor – mercilessly beaten by BSF in open street – IMPUNITY

25 August 2015
The Chairman
National Human Right Commission
Manav Adhikar Bhawan
Block-C, GPO Complex, INA
New Delhi-110023
Respected Sir
Here I am referring one incident of heinous assault by the perpetrator Border Security Force (BSF) jawan upon the victim boy namely Master Samiruddin Seikh without any valid reason. The victim resides at village Sukarurkuthi, Police Station – Dinhata, District – Cooch Behar, West Bengal. 
On 25.3.2015 at about 9 am the victim boy who is only 15 years old went to Bhatiyar More (crossing) under the jurisdiction of Dinhata Police Station to play with his friends but he came under the severe assault in the hands of the perpetrator BSF jawan for the reason that he could not hear the call of the BSF jawan. The victim boy was brutally assaulted by the BSF jawan. The victim boy was under treatment in hospital for three days. Still his physical condition is not well but the family is unable to bear further medical cost for him due to financial crisis. The Superintendent of Police, Cooch Behar did not make any response to the written complaint against the perpetrator BSF jawan submitted by the victim’s family.
In this case the perpetrator BSF personnel engaged into perpetrating torture and custodial violence upon an innocent minor boy. The act of the BSF personal was not only savage and brute but also against the national and international legal provisions. The torturous act was in contravention of Article 19 and 37 of UN Convention on Rights of the Children; where the convention has stated that the right of every child to be protected from being hurt or badly treated and not to be punished in a cruel or hurtful way and India has ratified the convention way back. Besides that, Articles 2, 5, 6, and 8 of the UN Code of Conduct by the Law Enforcement Officials has been blatantly violated by the perpetrator BSF jawan.   
Hence I seek your urgent action in this case with the following demands:-
·         An impartial enquiry by one neutral investigation agency must be directed in this case
·         The accused BSF jawanmust be immediately be apprehended and must be prosecuted in open court of law.
·         The accused BSF jawan must be punished in accordance with law.
·         The victim must be provided with adequate compensation, protection and immediate relief for his medical treatment.
Thanking You,
Yours truly
Kirity Roy
Secretary, MASUM
Name and details of the victim: – Master Samiruddin Seikh son of Mr. Sahar Ali, aged about 15 years. He lives in village – Sukarurkuthi, Police Station – Dinhata, District – Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.  
Name and Details of Perpetrators: – Mr. Manoj Kumar, Border Security Force (BSF)Jawan of Karola Border Out Post, Company-A, Battalion-124 under Dinhata Police Station.
Date and Time of the incident: – On 25.3.2015 at about 9 am.
Place of the incident: – At “Bhatiyar More (crossing)” near Border Pillar no. – 934(5) S under Dinhata Police Station.
Fact Finding Details: –
It is revealed during the fact finding that Mr. Sahar Ali is aged about 59 years and he is a resident of village – Sukarurkuthi. He is a farmer by profession and only earning member in the family. His family consists of his wife Ms. Rahima Bibi and 6 children. The victim Master Samiruddin Seikh is one of the children of Mr. Sahar Ali and he is about 15 years only.
The victim Master Samiruddin Seikh studies in a Madrasa and he stays there. He comes to home for 1-2 days in every month. On 24.3.2015 he came to home from Madrasa. On 25.3.2015 at about 9 am went to Bhatiyar More (crossing) to play with his friends. At that time his father Mr. Sahar Ali was sipping tea in a tea stall at Bhatiyar More (crossing).  At that time One BSF jawan named Mr. Manoj Kumar under Karola Border Out-Post, Battalion No. – 124 called up the victim boy. But due to some distance he could not hear his call. Then Mr. Manoj Kumar got angry and came near to the victim boy. He caught hold of the victim boy and started to beat him indiscriminately by fists and kicks. Seeing the incident Mr. Sahar Ali and some people present on the spot rushed to save the victim boy and requested the perpetrator BSF jawan to leave the victim boy. But the BSF jawan did not pay heed to their request. Then he thrashed the victim boy on the road while kicking him repeatedly on his abdomen. After 10-15 minutes continuous torture Mr. Manoj Kumar left the place while the victim boy almost lost his sense. The whole incident was eye witnessed by the father of the victim and other people.   
Then Mr. Sahar Ali took the victim to Dinhata Sub Divisional Hospital in an ambulance. The doctor transferred him to Cooch Behar MJN Hospital for CT scan on that day. After CT scan the victim was taken back to Dinhata Sub Divisional Hospital and he was under treatment in the said hospital for 3 days.
On 29.3.2015 the victim returned to his home but still his health condition is not well. The family is unable to bear the cost of his further treatment due to poor financial condition.

On 20.4.2015 Mr. Meher Badsah, being the elder brother of the victim boy lodged written complaint before the Superintendent of Police, Cooch Behar stating the incident of torture upon the victim and in the complaint he prayed for appropriate legal action. But till date there is no action on the complaint.