Five youths detained legally, says SP

He said “Police had information that one of them have knowledge about an accused, who had opened fire at a jewellery shop at Bantwal. Police picked, questioned and detained them legally.”

However, the youths alleged that they were detained illegally by the police at an unidentified place for about 48 hours and were tortured physically as well as mentally.
Siddiq (31), a resident of Kallapu, Farook (28) of Kotekar and Razik (23) from Mukkacheri who have been hospitalised in Sahara Hospital at Thokkotu alleged that five of them including Iqbal, resident of Ullal and Abdul Basheer of Kotekar were picked up by the police from Thokkottu on September 24 at around 8.30 pm. “Police including Chandra, Iqbal, David and others took us in a Scorpio. On the way they, when the vehicle reached Netravati bridge, police tied clothes on ours eyes. Later, after about 30 minutes journey, the vehicle reached an unidentified location and we were taken to a neaby house,” he explained.
Siddiq said that police questioned the five seeking information about a wanted person. “They showed the photograph of a person and asked us about his whereabouts. When we replied negatively, they tortured and detained us in that house till September 26,” he said.
When contacted Orthopedician Dr Lawrence, who treated Siddiq, Farook and Razik, told Deccan Herald that the three youths had only mild pain on their limbs when they were hospitalised.

Similarly, they did not have serious injuries on their body. However, they were suffering from mild pain on their limbs. They can be discharged today itself,” he added.
On the allegations by the youth, SP said “we will probe into the allegations of torture. ASP Ramesh will conduct an inquiry into the allegation.

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