Cop makes teen lick shoes, AAP protests at police station

A 17-year-old boy has alleged he was beaten up by police and forced to lick the shoes of a head constable after he was picked up from the location where some local residents were protesting against a woman being allegedly set on fire by her in-laws on Monday at Sagarpur in south-west Delhi.

The incident led to a fracas on Tuesday afternoon outside Sagarpur police where, this time, some Aam Aadmi Party members had gathered to protest against the burning incident.A policeman, who identified himself as Head Constable Rampal Kaushik, was ‘summoned’ by the AAP members outside the station and was roughed up.

Kaushik was pointed out to the group by Sanjeet as policeman who allegedly made him lick his shoes.

Kaushik then rushed back inside the station saying he would return in his uniform, but was not seen after that. 

“We are here to make the policeman wear a garland of shoes,” declared Rahul Gupta, a protester wearing an AAP cap.

Sanjeet said he was a spectator to the protests by locals on Monday night when two policemen slapped him there and brought him to Sagarpur police station.

He alleged his ankles were bound using handcuffs.

“One policeman verbally abused me and ordered me to lick his shoes. When I resisted, he brought his shoe to my mouth,” he told Deccan Herald. 

In his complaint to the police, Sanjeet said he was made to lick shoes at the station.

AAP MLA from Delhi Cantonment, Surinder Singh, soon arrived at the police station and threatened the Sagarpur Station House Officer of consequences if he did not act soon. Some other AAP members said they wanted all police personnel at the station paraded in front of the boy so that he could recognise the alleged abusers.

Police assurance

While maintaining that police do not mete out such treatment even to hardened criminals, the SHO said a case would be filed against the accused policemen.

He said an identification parade of his men would be conducted, but only when all of them were present at the station. He acknowledged in front of the MLA that some miscreants were taken to the police station from the scene of the protest.

“Some of them were climbing electric poles. It could have led to an accident,” said the police officer.

However, Anita Yadav, an AAP member who claimed to be present at Monday’s protest, while agreeing to police’s version about some men on poles, said Sanjeet was not oneof them.

Approach NHRC

Meanwhile, some AAP workers have said they would also approach the National Human Rights Commission with this complaint.

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