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Cop Hits People In C'garh Containment Zone, Videos Go Viral

cop hits people in cgarh containment zone videos go viral covid-19 coronavirus

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

by passersby.

"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


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