Man loses tooth in police torture for questioning vehicle checking
Alappuzha: Police brutality amid vehicle checking continues even after criticism arises from the public. The police beat up a man who questioned their vehicle checking in the dark and broke his tooth. Cherthala Illikkal native Ramesh S Kamath (52), an employee at PSC office in Thiruvananthapuram, was subjected to the police brutality. It is learnt that the tooth that was broken by the police was an artificial one.
The incident took place when Ramesh was returning home from work at Ernakulam on December 14 late evening. In the attack, Ramesh’s tooth fell off and he sustained injuries on eye, neck and genitals following the attack. He sought medical treatment from a private hospital. He lodged a complaint two days after the incident.
According to the complaint, the police stopped his bike at a bend in the dark and examined if he was drunk. As he was sober, they let him go. But Ramesh parked his bike a little far away and asked the policemen about the DGP’s circular that instructs them not to check vehicles at vulnerable spots and during night. He also tried to click a picture of the policeman wjo was inspecting the vehicles.
Infuriated police officers attacked Ramesh. They beat him on head, eyes, teeth and genitals. They also tortured him at the police station. The police threatened him not to reveal during medical check-up that he was manhandled.
They also charged a case for interfering with the lawful duties of a police officer and later released him on bail. Though Ramesh was afraid to complain against the police, PSC chairman M K Sakeer intervened in the issue and lodged a complaint with the DGP, Ramesh noted in his complaint.
After the complaint was filed, Special Branch DySP started investigating the case. District Police Chief K M Tomy informed that police driver Sudheesh was suspended in connection with the incident.