“Bachhe ko lag jayegi sahab… Bachhe ko lag jayegi (The child will get hurt),” pleads a man who is being brutally thrashed in public by a policeman in Uttar Pradesh. In response another cop tries to forcibly take the scared and screaming child away from the father asking him whose child it was. “Mera baccha hai.. iski maa bhi nahi hain (This is my child.. doesn’t even have a mother),” he replies, all the while trying to protect the child from getting hit by the police stick.
The video which seemed to have been shot by an onlooker is distressing for the coldest heart. However the police continue with their brutality even as the man can be heard pleading for the cop to stop, and saying that his child can be hit and hurt if the cops continue thrashing him.
According to UP Police, this is mild use of force. What is excessive then? pic.twitter.com/90KUIe33i4
— Piyush Rai (@Benarasiyaa) December 10, 2021
According to the police, the man is an employee of the district hospital in Kanpur Dehat’s Akbarpur and his brother is a “regular nuisance maker”. A second man is seen inside a police vehicle, and it seems he is groaning in pain too.
The shocking incident of excessive force took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat’s Akbarpur town on Thursday afternoon. According to NDTV, the policeman who was seen mercilessly hitting the man carrying a child in his arms has been suspended for “insensitivity”. The suspension came after massive outrage over the incident was reported.
The cop is an inspector from the local police station. However the police response has been as shocking as this act of violence against the man and the child he is holding. According to news reports, a senior police official in Kanpur Dehat said on record that ‘light force’ was used and that the police actually tried to protect the child.
Kanpur Dehat’s Additional Superintendent of Police Ghanshyam Chaurasia told the media, “A few people were spreading lawlessness in the area, shutting down the Out Patients’ Department (OPD) of the hospital and scaring the patient’s away.” He added that the man’s brother, “the chief instigator,” is an employee of the district hospital in Kanpur Dehat’s Akbarpur and a “regular nuisance maker” who bit the police inspector’s hand while the victim also obstructed the police.
However, NDTV reported that a second official in the area, Deputy Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Singh had earlier accepted that excessive force was used in this case. Hours later the barbaric police action is still being called out.
सशक्त कानून व्यवस्था वो है जहां कमजोर से कमजोर व्यक्ति को न्याय मिल सके।
यह नहीं कि न्याय मांगने वालों को न्याय के स्थान पर इस बर्बरता का सामना करना पड़े,यह बहुत कष्टदायक है।भयभीत समाज कानून के राज का उदाहरण नहीं है।
सशक्त कानून व्यवस्था वो है जहां कानून का भय हो,पुलिस का नहीं। pic.twitter.com/xoseGpWzZH
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) December 10, 2021
— Vinod Kapri (@vinodkapri) December 9, 2021
When public outrage over the incident grew, the Kanpur Dehat police Twitter handle put out a written statement saying an inquiry has been ordered and the concerned police inspector has been removed from his post. However, the UP police statement called it “mild force”, and added that “protestors had locked the OPD of the District Hospital and disrupted its services.” Local Police claim they were attacked when they went to “restore order on the request of the Chief Medical Superintendent following which use of mild force was done which is no justification for the insensitivity by the policeman,” adding that “while controlling the incident, the cop showed insensitivity… he has been suspended with immediate effect.” The Police issued another statement, “Such conduct on the part of police personnel despite repeated instructions to respect the dignity of every citizen is not acceptable.”
जनपद कानपुर देहात में एक बच्चे को गोद में लिए हुए व्यक्ति पर पुलिस द्वारा लाठीचार्ज किये जाने के प्रकरण को अत्यंत गम्भीरता से लेते हुए @adgzonekanpur को प्रकरण की तत्काल जाँच करवाकर दोषी पुलिसकर्मियों के विरुद्ध कार्यवाही करने हेतु निर्देशित किया गया है।(1/2) pic.twitter.com/o4D0VMoHhU
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) December 9, 2021
दि0 9.12.21 को जिला अस्पताल कानपुर देहात में प्रदर्शनकारियों द्वारा #OPD सेवा एवं चिकित्सा सेवाओं को बाधित करते हुए पुलिस से भी अभद्रता की गयी।स्थिति नियंत्रण करने के दौरान एक पुलिसकर्मी द्वारा असंवेदनशीलता का परिचय दिया गया,जिसे मेरे द्वारा तत्काल प्रभाव से निलम्बित किया गया। https://t.co/76H5dnbtxR
— ADG ZONE KANPUR (@adgzonekanpur) December 10, 2021
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