Girinagar cops accused of illegal detention

The Girinagar police allegedly detained two carpenters illegally for two days and tortured them. 

The victims, Maruti and his brother Rangaswamy, were among the 12 persons working at a house under construction at Dwarakanagar. 

The owner, Vishwanath, had recently lost Rs 4 lakh and had lodged a complaint. The police had taken the carpenters and painters working at the construction site for interrogation a week ago. 

They released 10 of them, but detained Maruti and Rangaswamy from Hosadurga in Chitradurga district and residents of Hegganahalli in Peenya, the human rights activists said.

Maruti said they were tortured for two days, during which Rangaswamy lost his consciousness several times. He has lost sensation in his left leg, while Maruti’s legs are swollen. 

Complaint lodged

Maruti said their illegal detention came to light when the human rights activists approached the police and took them to KC General Hospital for treatment. 

They later lodged a complaint at the DG control room against the Girinagar police, Maruti said. 

The brothers have decided to file a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission on Saturday. 

When contacted, the Girinagar police inspector, B S Srinivas denied the charges. “It’s baseless and nothing of the sort has happened.” 

Srinivas declined to comment further.  

Assistant Commissioner of Police at the Banashankari Sub-Division Veerabhadregowda said he was not aware of any such incident.

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