Police brutality stuns Chhattisgarh academic circle

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Brutal police assault on the son of litterateur Ramesh Anupam

Ajaybhan Singh

Raipur, 1 July.  The academic and literary circles in Chhattisgarh woke up to be dumbfounded by the alleged police brutality on the son of a noted Hindi litterateur Ramesh Anupam in capital Raipur late last evening. Akshaj Anupam (28) was brutalized for protesting police for beating a street vendor.

Anupam, a retired Professor of Hindi and well-known litterateur is considered affable in the political, academic, and cinematic circles of this state. His son Akshaj has also been a student of English literature at Delhi University. The young man who works in Delhi is staying with his parents in Raipur because of corona restrictions. He was brutally beaten up by the Saraswati Nagar police late evening yesterday for protesting police brutality on a fruit seller.

Akshaj saw cops mercilessly beating a fruit seller for allegedly violating corona protocol near Anupam Garden while returning home after getting his camera fixed at around 8.15 pm on Wednesday, Prof. Anupam narrated the ordeal his son went through. Akshaj stopped and asked the policemen that they should not beat a poor vendor like this.

Infuriated by Akshaj’s intervention, Saraswati Nagar police station officer Gautam Gedam got down from his car and asked sleuths to take Akshaj to the police station. ” The policemen snatched Akshaj’s mobile, he was not even allowed to talk to me, nor did the police inform me as a guardian”, Prof wrote in his complaint to officials. Cops beat him till he was grievously injured, Anupam claimed.

Prof. Anupam rushed to the Saraswati Nagar Police station with a journalist named Jiteshwari when he got the news of his son’s illegal detention.  The policemen were still beating him. However, he along with Jiteshwari also faced humiliation at the hands of police when he asked the reason for torturing his son. Not only this, the headstrong cops tried to forcibly make Akshaj drink alcohol, and then they started accusing him of possessing twenty packets of marijuana leaves.

Prof. Anupam said that his son has also done PG in cinematic studies from Delhi University can’t tolerate oppression on anyone. He tried to convince the policemen, for which he had to face such brutality, Anupam wrote. There was no word either from the police or the government about the incident. Journalists, Chhollywood actors, and writers demanded action against the erring cops.

Coincidently Chhattisgarh Police carries a famous verse from the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Paritraanaya Sadhunaam’, as its motto, which means that they defend the gentlemen. The reality, however, is that it is the law-abiding common man who fears Khaki the most and they are the ones who often bear the brunt of insensitive and offensive police.

Policing in the predominantly tribal state has always been a subject of deep controversy for many decades now. There is an endless trail of police highhandedness and brutality in the state which has been grappling with the Maoist insurgency for the last 40 years. Now and then there is a high decibel outrage over suspicious killings by the police be it in Naxal-infested Bastar or the mineral-rich jungles of northwestern Chhattisgarh.

Entire opposition along the left-leaning right groups are up in the arms against the Bastar police for Silger firing which killed three tribal people and wounded several others in Narayanpur district of Maoist infested Bastar recently. Cops had also unleashed a reign of terror and brutality on Congress workers in Bilaspur in 2018.

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