Constable slaps photojournalist

Constable slaps photojournalist

A photojournalist was on Thursday thrashed and thrown out of the Shakarpur police station in east Delhi by a head constable when he went there to ask why two of his relatives had been brought there.

The policeman dragged Shyeed Ahmad,  slapped him four times and finally turned him out of the police station, according to the journalist's complaint.

Ahmad, who lives in Laxmi Nagar and works with The Tribune,  had gone to the station to question why his two uncles had been dragged there in connection with a case which is sub judice – and was coming up for hearing just the next day.

Ahmad's father and two uncles are involved in a property dispute.    |

When the head constable took his uncles to the police station around 11 am, Ahmad followed them.

“When I asked why they had brought my uncles to the police station when the matter is sub judice, head constable Devendra Singh started misbehaving with me. When I protested, he slapped me four times,” Ahmad alleged.

When Ahmad returned to the police station to lodge a complaint against the head constable,  no one allowed him to meet the station house officer.

The duty officer and other police staff refused to lodge the complaint against the head constable.  When the journalist informed assistant commissioner of police, Gandhi Nagar about the episode, the station staff agreed to accept a written complaint. They recorded a daily diary entry, but no FIR was lodged.

At his insistence, they took him to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for a medical examination.

Ahmad said the doctors asked him to come back on Friday for medico-legal case formalities.  

Deputy commissioner of police (east) Prabhakar said the station house officer is conducting an investigation.

“Appropriate action will be taken against the concerned  personnel if he is found guilty.”

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