A cop in MP was suspended on Wednesday after he allegedly told a lawyer, a victim of police thrashing, that he had been mistaken for a Muslim.
Bhopal| On March 23, Deepak Bundele, a lawyer by profession, was ruthlessly beaten by the state police while he was on the way to a government hospital for treatment. The police, a month later, apologised to him telling Bundele that he was attacked by mistake as the police officer assumed he was a Muslim.
The action against police sub-inspector B S Patel followed media reports about his alleged comment which implied that the lawyer faced thrashing because he was thought to be from to the minority community.
“You had a long beard, that is why police officials beat you up. They thought you were a Muslim. The man who thrashed you is a kattar (staunch) Hindu.”: Police said to the lawyer.
He had managed to reach the hospital somehow. Later, he filed complaints with several authorities, seeking registration of an FIR against the policemen who had assaulted him.
He shared an audio clip of the purported conversation with Patel with the media.
Bundele told media that local police were now pressurising him to withdraw the complaint and he was denied CCTV footage of the area where the incident took place under the Right to Information.
(Input from Agencies)