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Tension in Ujjain town after police publicly torture man, tie him to jeep bonnet, parade him

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

BHOPAL: Tension prevailed in Mahidpur town in Ujjain after police publicly tortured a man.

The person, Abdul Qadir, was tonsured, tied to jeep’s bonnet, and was paraded on the streets.

Qadir was also made to wear a garland of shoes and was beaten all across the way while accompanying policemen cheered.

The shocking images, the photo and video of the brutal torture and public shaming, went viral. Qadir was accused in a row with some persons but instead of arresting him and preparing a proper case against him, police took the person on the streets.

The practice has become common over the years in MP. Mostly, petty criminals or those who are arrested for a crime and belong to poor sections, are taken around in the form of procession, to police station.

All the way, they are beaten. Though retired DGPs and Human Rights Commission has condemned the practice, it has a ‘social sanction’ and home minister  Babulal Gaur has in the past, given his assent to it.

After the treatment meted out to Qadir, tension built up in Mahidpur. There was stone pelting. Ten persons were injured in the violence. The police have clamped section 144 in the town.

Meanwhile, IG Ujjain has taken disciplinary action against the policemen responsible for taking out the ‘juloos’.