Bannerghatta cops file plaint against colleague

In a major disgrace to Kumaraswamy, the Station House Officer of Bannerghatta police station, his subordinates registered a non-bailable case against him on Tuesday for beating up G Rajesh, a software engineer, in police custody on October 16, which led to multiple fractures in his right leg.

According to sources, the police officer was suspended three days ago after his highhandedness was proved in a departmental inquiry. On Tuesday afternoon, a case was lodged against him under Sections 306, 323, 506 and 34 of the IPC. Section 306 relates to torture in custody.

Rajesh’s friend Gopal Menon got the medico-legal document prepared by the JP Nagar police, under whom the private hospital where the engineer has been admitted comes.
The document was sent to the Bannerghatta police station, but the personnel there denied that they had received it.

Finally, on Tuesday, they admitted that they received it, following which the case was registered against Kumaraswamy. The document was prepared based on a statement recorded by sub-inspector Shashidhar in the private hospital.

Rajesh had gone to a shop to buy a cigarette pack when he saw two people fighting. In the meantime, Kumaraswamy reached there, along with a few personnel, and started beating them mercilessly, to which Rajesh objected. He said they should treat people in a humane way.

The advice angered Kumaraswamy, who started beating Rajesh in public. He took Rajesh to the police station in his vehicle. He was beaten up in the lock-up too. Rajesh allegedly sustained multiple fractures on his right leg. The policemen did not bother to take him to hospital. His condition started deteriorating after two days. When the policemen felt that the matter would land them in trouble, they admitted him in hospital and tried to depict his injuries as the result of an accident.

Gopal said a steel rod has been inserted in Rajesh’s leg to treat the fracture.

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