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The police had tried to wash their hands off the sensational affair. People had dispersed after the act, but the mobile camera had recorded every detail and now, the attackers are in a lock up.
The Dabeerpura police have arrested three men who indulged in thrashing a youth and tonsuring his classmate for travelling together on a bike on Friday. The incident happened near Officer’s Mess on Malakpet Road. If the elders had not intervened and dispersed the crowd, it could have led to a flare up, say people nearby.
The youth and his classmate (a girl) were returning from college after collecting hall tickets when their bike hit a passer-by on Malakpet Road. This incident drew a large crowd. Someone in the crowd asked them about their business and when said they were college friends and were returning from college the crowd demanded to know why the burkha-clad girl was pillion-riding the bike of a boy from a different community. One thing led to another and soon the worked-up crowd thrashed the boy and tonsured the girl after abusing them of being ‘indecent.’
It was a police informer who shot the entire event and sent it to the police. “They (informers) are invaluable,” remarked a police officer. The police had earlier decided to let go of the affair as the boy and girl belong to different communities.
Based on the photos and video, the Dabeerpura police inspector D Rajashekhar, identified three men, Haneef, Imran and Kafeel of Chanchalguda and Malakpet and arrested them for assault and threatening. Fearing further attacks, the boy’s family did not want to pursue the matter but inspector Rajashekhar felt that the uniform’s credibility will be eroded if they don’t book a case as people, especially the informers, would think the police is of no use.
Relatives of Haneef staged a dharna before the Dabeerpura police station alleging torture in custody. Assistant commissioner of police M Kistaiah told Postnoon that there was nothing improper in police action, “We are doing our job.” Kistaiah admitted that if it was not for the informants, the incident would have gone unnoticed.
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