SI assaulted me, claims actor Chetan

'I was also locked up in Cubbon Park police station'

SI assaulted me, claims actor Chetan

Kannada actor Chetan of ‘Aa Dinagalu’ fame on Thursday filed a complaint with the City Police Commissioner stating that he was assaulted by a sub-inspector attached to the Cubbon Park police station.

The actor, speaking to the media at the office of the Commissioner of Police on Infantry Road, said: “On January 25, at around 1.30 am, I received a call from my friends saying that they were not able to get a cab to go back home and asked me to pick them up.

“I went to Church Street and while picking up my friends, I was approached by Sub-inspector Naveen, who asked me to leave the place and addressed me in the singular. I asked him to be polite, but he started talking to me rudely. He also slapped me a couple of times to which I objected.”

He added, “I questioned his behaviour and he started hitting me again. The SI asked me to sit in the Hosyala patrolling jeep, but for reasons unknown, I was let off. Later on, I went to the police station and wanted to lodge a complaint against the SI. But the SI assaulted me again. The ACP, who was on night rounds, asked me to write an apology letter. They locked me up inside the cell and told me that they would not release me till I write an apology letter.

“In the morning, the inspector arrived and gathered details about the incident and asked me to leave. There are CCTV cameras and everything has been recorded and also there were several other policemen in the station, who witnessed the incident. The senior officers can ask them about the incident.”

Tara, member of the Legislative Council, who had accompanied the actor to the office of the Commissioner of Police, said: “It is an unfortunate thing to happen to an actor and I was shocked to know that he was put inside the cell. If a well-known person is treated in such a manner, then imagine the plight of the common man. I have great respect for the police and we have approached them to make sure that the guilty is punished accordingly.”

A senior police officer told Deccan Herald: “The inquiry is on and we have sought a detailed report about the incident. Both of them have filed complaints and made allegations and counter-allegations. A suitable decision will be taken.”

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