An assistant sub-inspector was suspended after people protested against police torture which left a minor boy, suspected in a theft case, bleeding. Other police officials, who assaulted him during questioning, will face action if found guilty, MK Uttappa, assistant commissioner of police, Vijayanagara sub-division, said on Friday.
Bharath, 17, who lived with his relatives after the death of his parents, was taken to station by Kamakshipalya police for questioning on Thursday based on a complaint.
One Thimmanna, in his complaint filed on Wednesday, had alleged that silver articles worth Rs1 lakh were stolen from his house and he suspected Bharath, who was staying in his tenant’s house.
When the boy kept denying the charges, the police summoned Thimmanna who told them that he would reveal the truth only if he was stripped and tortured, Ramesh, the boy’s uncle, alleged.
Quoting his nephew, undergoing treatment in a private hospital, Ramesh alleged that the police stripped him naked, tied his private parts with a thin rope and started pulling it. They stopped the torture only when he began to bleed. Later, they dropped him near the Bata showroom where he worked.
Bharath’s colleagues were shocked to see him so weak and pale. He told them about the police torture. They took him to Bowring Hospital where the authorities registered a medico-legal case against the police.
According to Ramesh, the Kamakshipalya police soon came to his house to work out a compromise. The boy’s relatives rejected their offer. They took the boy from Bowring Hospital to a private hospital in Basaveshwaranagar.
Ramesh is now planning to approach the state human rights commission and also the child rights commission before filing a case.
Meanwhile, Uttappa sent a report to the deputy commissioner of police (east) SN Sidramappa, who ordered the suspension the ASI, Timmegowda.