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3 women allege torture inside police post in Assam, one suffers miscarriage

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Assam Police on Tuesday booked two of its officials for allegedly torturing, stripping and assaulting a pregnant woman and her two sisters inside a police outpost in Assam’s Darrang district last week. The woman who claimed she was two months pregnant reportedly suffered a miscarriage because of the assault.

The police swung into action after the sisters on Tuesday told the media about their plight and alleged that the force had not acted for eight days on their complaint against the police personnel involved in the assault.

The three sisters were picked up by the police following a kidnapping case lodged against their brother by the family of a woman with whom he had eloped earlier this month. The man and the woman are from different religions.

“A criminal case has been registered against under relevant sections of the law against the in-charge of the police outpost and the woman constable named in the complaint and both of them have been placed under suspension,” said Kuladhar Saikia, Assam’s director general of police.

The police chief also said that deputy inspector general of police B Singha has been asked to inquire into the incident and submit a report within seven days. The two police personnel have been booked for assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, wrongful confinement and assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe her.

One of the three sisters, a 28-year-old housewife had complained to Amrit Bhuyan, Superintendent of Police, Darrang, on September 10 that she, her husband and her two siblings were stripped naked, beaten up by two police officials – Mahendra Sarmah, the in-charge of the police post and a woman constable Binita Boro and,

She said that police officials from Darrang district landed at her residence in Guwahati at 1.30 am on September 9 and took her, her husband and two of her sisters one aged 30 and 18 to the Burah police outpost in Darrang.

“The officer in charge Mahendra Sarmah put a pistol to my head when I asked why he was taking us,” the complainant said on Tuesday. At the police post, she claimed the three sisters and her husband were assaulted by the cops.

“They locked up my husband. First, they stripped my youngest sister naked and hit her with a baton. She is partially disabled in her left leg. They hit her on the same leg,” the complainant said.

The elder sister (30), the second one to be allegedly assaulted said she kept telling the policemen that she was pregnant. “They hit me on the stomach. I have had a miscarriage,” the woman claimed. Police, however, claimed that they were not aware if she was pregnant or if she suffered a miscarriage since it was not mentioned in the complaint.

All the three sisters have dark red patches in various places which they claim is a result of beating by the police.

Even as the women were at the police post, their brother arrived at the police station with the woman he eloped with, according to the complainant. “He (the brother) is estranged with his first wife and was in a relationship with the woman he eloped with for the past two years,” said complainant.

The police released them in the evening that day.

According to the police, the family of the girl who had eloped registered a case of kidnapping against the man on September 6. “The brother kidnapped a girl from the other community as per the complaint. The police believed that the sisters were sheltering the brother and that is how they got to their home,” said Bhuyan. The women’s brother was arrested by the police.

Bhuyan also refuted claims that he did not take any action on their complaint saying he instituted an inquiry on September 11. “We are awaiting report of the inquiry. I have also asked for their medical report done after they were released on September 11,” said Bhuyan.

Sarmah and Boro, the two suspended police personnel, could not be reached for a comment despite various attempts through the day.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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