Gujarat cops made him lick boots, says Dalit man

Gujarat cops made him lick boots, says Dalit man

Gujarat cops made him lick boots, says Dalit man

A Dalit man has alleged that he was made to lick boots of at least 15 police officers at a police station in Ahmedabad after he disclosed his caste.

According to an FIR filed by Harshad Jadav, 38, he was picked up by the police on December 28 night after he  asked a constable about a commotion in his area.

The constable, identified as Vinodbhai Babubhai, attacked the man with a baton without any provocation, leaving him with a fractured finger. The cop also abused the man's family members, an official at the Amraiwadi police station said on Wednesday.

Citing the FIR filed by Jadav, the official said he was taken to the police station on the same night and was locked-up for assaulting a public servant while discharging his duty.

A few police officials then asked Jadav about his caste and when he told them he was a Dalit, they asked him to touch Babubhai's feet and apologise, the official said quoting from the FIR.

Jadav, a television mechanic, obeyed.

"After this, some senior officials forced Jadav to lick shoes of around 15 police officials at the police station," the official said.

Jadav was granted bail by a court on December 29.

"Following the FIR, the constable was booked under provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the investigated referred to the Crime Branch," Amraiwadi police station inspector O M Desai said.

Police turn tables

The constable is yet to be arrested.

Instead, DCP Girish Pandya questioned the delay by Jadav in reporting the incident.

"The complainant was arrested for attacking a constable and was taken to court (on December 29). However, he didn't say anything about the incident in the court," Pandya said.

"A group of people gheraoed the police station on January 1 and demanded registration of an FIR (against the constable) which we did," the DCP said.

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