Raipur, Jun 8 (PTI) Videos showing a policeman
thrashing people for reportedly violating containment zone
guidelines in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur went viral on social
media, prompting authorities on Monday to order an inquiry.
The incident took place on Sunday morning in Birgaon
area under Urla police station limits, which has been declared
a containment zone after COVID-19 cases were reported from
there in the last few days, a police official said.
One of the clips purportedly shows Urla Station House
Officer (SHO) Nitin Upadhyay, in plainclothes, repeatedly
hitting a boy, who was along with a woman said to be his
mother, with a stick.
In other videos, he is seen beating motorcyclists in
the area, the official said, adding that the videos were shot
"We have taken note of the video which shows a TI
(thana in charge) thrashing people with sticks. A departmental
inquiry has been ordered against the concerned officer. A
separate inquiry under Raipur Additional Superintendent of
Police (Rural) is also on," Raipur Senior Superintendent of
Police (SSP) Arif Sheikh told PTI.
The SSP said a coronavirus suspect had died on Sunday
in Birgaon area, which is a containment zone, and police was
requesting people there to stay indoors.
"When people did not adhere to containment guidelines,
the concerned officer rushed there to prevent movement of
people. However, the excesses committed by him are not
acceptable," he added.
In a tweet, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said," This
is inhuman and not acceptable. Departmental inquiry has been
constituted and he (SHO) has been sent on leave." PTI TKP