Assam: Guwahati cops losing their temper
GUWAHATI | JULY 24, 2020:
A probe has been ordered into the incident of an assault on a special child by a cop in Guwahati that triggered an outrage on social media. The police said action will be taken against the erring cop.
While talking to the media, Additional Director General of Police, GP Singh said that he had visited the child's house and expressed regrets on behalf of the Assam police. He also said that all personnel will be sensitized to avoid the recurrence of such incidents.
The probe was ordered by Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta.
The father of the child had uploaded a video on Social media that gathered the attention of people. The video showed injury marks on the back of his son who was in excruciating pain.
"My son was beaten up by a policeman who did not ask us any question. When I took up the matter with the officer-in-charge (of a police station), he threatened to put both of us in the lock-up," the father said in the video.
The 16-year-old child had to face the wrath of the cops for venturing out during curfew, enforced in Guwahati from 6 pm-6 am, to check the rising cases of COVID-19. The man and his son were riding a two-wheeler when the cop had sprung the stick.
The father said that the child has cerebral palsy and they had ventured out for because his son needed medical attention. A constable had wielded the stick on the child at the city's Bharalumukh area.
Arman Ali of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People lauded the police's timely response. He was hopeful that the police would use Section 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, against the guilty cop.