Kochi: The case of Rajeev, a Urukunnu native who had come to file a complaint at the Thenmala station, has received harsh criticism from the High Court. Justice Devan Ramachandran said that cuffing the complainant to the handrail was an act of utmost barbarism.
Rajeev was attacked for asking receipt for the complaint he had filed. The court said that it is shocking that inspector Vishwambaran and SI Shalu, who were accused in the case, are still continuing in service. The court considered the petition filed by Rajeev stating inaction on his complaint following the report given by Kollam DCRB DySP confirming the allegations to the District Police Chief.
Rajeev went to the station on February 3 to file a complaint against his relative who had scoffed at him through phone. The SI is alleged to have first hit him with a bamboo cane, cuffed him, prevented him from leaving and then slapped him.
He was let go after calling up his mother and brother. The next day, SI Shalu registered a case against Rajeev stating that he had disrupted the work of police officers. The investigation was led by the DySP following the complaint given to the State Police Chief.
The court criticised that no action was against the officers even months after the complaint was lodged on May 25 and that shows the inaccuracies of the police system. The court directed the State Police Chief to inform the action taken on DySP’s report.
The petitioner said that he was attacked because he belonged to a backward community. The court said that such people must be given support and protected by law. The court also directed that the State Police Chief must keep this in mind before taking action. The petition will be reviewed again on October 22.