On Camera, UP Cops Savagely Thrashing Men Are A Comeback Gift For BJP MP
About nine men beg and try to block the blows that rain down on them endlessly from two baton-wielding police officers in what appears to be a police station, but to no avail.
A video of the incident shared by a Uttar Pradesh BJP MP on Twitter with the caption “return gift for rioters” sparked criticism from cops and allegations of police brutality by the opposition.
MP Shalabh Mani Tripathi is a former journalist and was previously a media adviser to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Mr Tripathi did not share any details about where the incident happened or when.
According to reports, the video was shot two days ago at a police station in Saharanpur, where protests and clashes erupted after Friday prayers over controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad by two former spokespersons. of the BJP.
Responding to questions about the video, Senior Police Officer Prashant Kumar told NDTV, “We do not subscribe to such things. We are investigating. And if these things are true, we will take action against the errant policemen. We let’s look at this (the video)…it’s a serious thing. We are aware of our responsibility.”
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said such incidents would damage people’s trust in the justice system.
“Questions should be raised about these police stations… The UP is number 1 in deaths in custody, it is a leader in human rights violations and abuses against Dalits “said party leader Samajwadi.
Uttar Pradesh police have arrested more than 300 people from various districts in the state in connection with Friday’s protests and violence, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warning of ‘the toughest’ measures against those who try to vitiate the atmosphere.
In Saharanpur and Prayagraj, police officials said action would be taken against those arrested under the strict National Security Act (NSA).
Of those arrested, 91 were being held in Prayagraj and 71 in Saharanpur and 51 in Hathras, police said.
In a tweet in Hindi, Mrityunjay Kumar, the chief minister’s media adviser, said: ‘Remember the unruly elements, every Friday is followed by a Saturday’ and posted a photo of a bulldozer demolishing a building.
Under Adityanath, the state administration cracked down on criminals and those accused of rioting, seizing or razing their properties, even before their conviction. His detractors have often accused him of adopting heavy-handed and extrajudicial tactics.
In Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, in Saharapur on Friday, protesters angered by remarks against the Prophet Muhammad threw stones at police personnel after Friday prayers at mosques. Several other cities in the state and nation also saw protests.
In Prayagraj, a mob set fire to some motorbikes and carts and also tried to burn down a police vehicle.
Police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters and restore peace. One officer was injured, police said.
Nupur Sharma has been suspended by the BJP as several Islamic nations criticized her comments on the Prophet during a televised debate.
In Saharanpur, protesters shouted slogans against Ms. Sharma and demanded her death sentence. Demonstrations also took place in Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur and Lucknow.