Seven policemen posted at Ghari Chaukhandi chowki were sent to police lines by the Gautam Budh Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police on Tuesday for allegedly thrashing an advocate.
Acting on a report, SSP Ajaypal Sharma directed Phase-III police station incharge to send a report and take disciplinary action against them.
“Of the seven, two are head constables while the rest are constables,” said a senior police officer.
“The SSP said that no one is above the law and no policeman will be allowed to misuse his or her power against the spirit of the law,” the officer added.
A video of an advocate being thrashed by a police constable was circulated online. Following this, lawyers of the district and sessions court in Surajpur protested on court premises demanding justice for advocate Mahendra Singh Yadav.
More than 800 lawyers from Noida and Greater Noida had gathered on district court premises on Monday morning. Advocate Ranpal Awana said the lawyers had clearly told the police chief to ensure stringent action against the guilty else they would intensify the protest.
In the video, constable Veerendra Kumar, posted at the Ghari Chaukhandi police chowki, is seen assaulting Mr. Yadav. The person shooting the video was asked to leave by a policeman in plain clothes. Mr. Kumar was sent to the police lines on Sunday.
“We are investigating the matter. Our initial investigation reveals that the policemen in question were responding to a defamation call. We are still looking into what happened and what escalated the mater so much so that it ended in assault,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajeev Kumar Singh.
Mr. Yadav said he was trying to warn potential homebuyers from investing in a disputed property.
“We have an ongoing court case regarding a property we own in Sector 121. It was forcefully taken by the builder for a housing project. We were not given any compensation for the land. I had printed a few pamphlets with this information, after which the whole incident unfolded. It was not a defamation effort,” Mr. Yadav added.
We have an ongoing court case regarding a property we own in Sector 121. It was forcefully taken by the builder for a housing project. We were not given any compensation for the land. I had printed a few pamphlets with this information after which the whole incident unfolded. It was not a defamation effort
Advocate Mahendra Singh Yadav
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