Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Probe ordered into ‘torture’ of budding cricketer

BANGALORE, July 15

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Subhash Bharani today said that he has directed the Kodagu Superintendent of Police to personally conduct an inquiry into the alleged torture of a teenage Dalit boy from Suntikoppa taluk in the district.

“We will take stringent action against the sub-inspector and his staff if allegations made against them turn out to be true,” Mr Bharani told Deccan Herald adding that that the report was expected soon. It may be recalled here that Jagadish, II year PUC student who is also an young cricketing talent, was allegedly tortured by the Suntikoppa Police Sub-Inspector Devaiah and his staff for refusing to listen to the manager of an estate where Jagadish’s parents worked.

Jagadish was taken to the police station and allegedly tortured by the SI and staff who have also been charged of registering a false case of eve teasing against Jagadish. Presently, Jagadish is being treated at the Communicable Diseases Hospital in Indiranagar. Mr Bharani also did not rule out the possibility of announcing a compensation for the victim if it was found that the police were wrong.

Source: Deccan Herald, July 16, 2002

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