The assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Bandra division, on Thursday, knowledgeable the Bombay excessive court docket (HC) that he has recognized 4 personnel from Juhu police station who assaulted Raju Velu Devendra, a sufferer discovered outdoor through the Covid-19 lockdown. The ACP stated he would suggest the initiation of departmental motion towards the 4 personnel.
Juhu police had thus far maintained that the 22-year-old was a sufferer of mob lynching. They claimed that on March 30, Devendra was brutally assaulted by a mob when he tried to commit a theft. The police had registered an offence towards eight purported members of the mob.
On Thursday, authorities lawyer Purnima Katharia supported the ACP’s stand. She knowledgeable the bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice Anuja Prabhudessai that she had considered the CCTV footage overlaying the incident of assault on the deceased and didn’t discover any proof of a mob lynching.
“Solely the 4 policemen are seen to have used fiber lathis in a bid to self-discipline the deceased,” she stated. The lawyer, nevertheless, added that additional investigation was required to determine if the deceased succumbed to the accidents brought on by the policemen.
The lawyer was responding to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by lawyer and human rights activist Firdause Irani, which raised considerations about police excesses throughout enforcement of the nationwide lockdown imposed to include the unfold of Covid-19 an infection.
On March 30, Devendra and his household have been going to go to a relative when a police group chased them and caught the deceased. The policemen allegedly knowledgeable the kinfolk that Devendra was being taken to Juhu police station. The following morning, police claimed the 22-year-old was discovered mendacity at Nehru Nagar Chowk. They took him to a hospital, the place he was declared useless on arrival.
The investigation into the case was entrusted to the ACP, Bandra division, in view of the allegations towards the policemen.
On Thursday, HC famous that two essential witnesses within the case, the mom and brother of the deceased, haven’t cooperated with the investigation, and their statements haven’t been recorded. Being attentive to this anomaly, the bench has directed the ACP to situation recent notices to them and make an endeavor to get their statements recorded.
Expressing displeasure over the delay in investigating the case, HC additionally directed the ACP to hurry up the probe and submit a progress report by August 5. The following listening to on the matter has been posted for August 6.