Family of man thrashed by police demand action

Mohammed Tanveer in a hospital.

The family of Mohammed Tanveer, who lost his kidneys after being ruthlessly thrashed by DJ Halli police, demanded criminal action against the cops who tortured him in custody.

An FIR has been lodged against Constable Aiyappa and others on Sunday under IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 149 (unlawful assembly).

Following a departmental enquiry, Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar suspended Ayyappa and sub-inspector Santosh. 

Mohammed Musaveer said his brother Tanveer, 23, was riding his bike with his friend Danish at 2 am on April 10 to buy medicines.

He spoke on the mobile phone near Dr B R Ambedkar Hospital, when Aiyappa and his colleague, on their night beat, stopped Tanveer for questioning and asked him to cut the call. He was angry when Tanveer took a few minutes to disconnect and began hitting him with the lathi that broke into two pieces.

Tanveer asked what authority the cop had to beat him without reason, which further infuriated Aiyappa and he began thrashing Tanveer with the broken lathi. The cop called up the Hoysala patrol and took Tanveer to DJ Halli police station.

Once inside the station, Tanveer was asked to strip and nearly eight to nine cops thrashed him until he fell unconscious.

“We rushed to the police station after getting information (on his detention), but police released (Tanveer) after foisting petty cases. He was made to write” I will not do this mistake again” 100 times in Kannada and even made his friend Danish slap Tanveer,” Musaveer told DH

Tanveer was in severe pain after getting home and the family rushed him to a private hospital. Doctors said Tanveer’s kidneys have stopped functioning due to the severe internal injuries he sustained in the police assault.

“We somehow managed to book a complaint against them, but they were booked in a bailable offence,” Musaveer said. He wanted the cops to be booked under IPC 307 (attempted murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means).

Police have complained to the state human rights commission seeking action and compensation for Tanveer, who is undergoing dialysis.

Tanveer’s marriage, scheduled for May 3, has been postponed as a result of the assault incident.

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