Two men from Dahanu sustained serious injuries after a gang of four policemen brutally thrashed them on suspicion of being involved in an act of vandalism. The torture, which took place on Thursday, left one of them with partial loss of hearing in one ear, while the other is unable to sit due to anal injuries.
Tea vendors Rajesh Tokre and Suresh Sutar said the cops forced them to lie on the floor and beat them black and blue. Tokre, 35, said the policemen applied motor oil on a stick and shoved it into his rectum. He is currently admitted to a private hospital in Dahanu.
Dhapchari residents Tokre and Sutar have alleged that the officials, led by Abhijeet Shivthare, deputy superintendent of police, Dahanu, approached them hours after a group of villagers, who were demanding jobs for locals, vandalised the RTO check post in their locality.
“They asked us if we knew anyone involved in the ransacking incident. When we told them that we were in our stalls busy making tea and had no clue about the mobsters, they dragged us by the collar and took us to a booth near the check post,” said Tokre.
Tokre said two of the cops restrained them by standing on their chest, while the other began hitting them with their lathis. The cops put oil on a lathi and inserted into my anus. The assault continued till we became unconscious,” alleged Tokre.
After doling out the excesses, the cops left the two men at the spot. They were rescued by their friends and taken to hospitals. A report by doctors at Thane’s civil hospital states that Sutar has suffered partial loss of hearing in his right ear.
Sutar also alleged that the police threatened to kill them when they went to Talasari police station to complain about the torture.
Sutar said, “They even told us that they would implicate us in false cases.”
While Shivthare did not respond to repeated calls and SMSes from dna, Inspector General (Konkan) Sukhvinder Singh said, “We will inquire about the incident and necessary steps will be taken.”
Monsters in khaki
Four cops visit Dhapchari RTO check post to probe an incident of vandalism on December 19.
They ask tea vendors Rajesh Tokre and Suresh Sutar if they knew any of the mobsters. When replied in negative, the cops allegedly drag the two to a nearby booth and beat them black and blue. The uniformed men allegedly shove a lathi into the rectum of Tokre.
The attack leaves Sutar with partial loss of hearing in his right ear.