'Used lathis on vehicles to check presence of coronavirus': Telangana cops' response to pleas alleging police excesses surprises high court
Responding to a plea which alleged that some policemen damaged vehicles parked outside homes, the Telangana Police said that it had checked the vehicles 'using lathis in order to see whether coronavirus was present or not'
Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court has asked why majority of the victims of alleged police excesses during the lockdown were from a particular community, even as it observed that the counter affidavit filed by police in one of the pleas on their high-handedness lacked all relevant details.
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy, asked in its observations whether a minority community was targeted.
It was hearing a batch of public interest litigation petitions on the alleged police excesses on Wednesday.
The bench asked the city police and other respondents to submit a detailed report by 29 June in the particular petition.
In its order in the petition, the court said the counter-affidavit filed by the city police commissioner lacked the relevant details.
In one instance, according to the counter-affidavit, a departmental inquiry has been initiated against a sub- inspector of police, a SHO and an ACP, calling for explanation for failure to discharge their duties responsibly.
The order said the subsequent development or progress in the departmental inquiries need to be informed to the court.
The counter filed by the police said a person, who was allegedly assaulted by police, was not in fact assaulted by them.
According to the police, he fell down while he was running away after noticing the police personnel approaching his area.
But surprisingly, his injury report has not been submitted along with the counter affidavit, the order said.
In another incident, the petitioner alleged that the police personnel of a particular police station damaged vehicles parked outside homes in a residential area.
The police affidavit claims the police had checked the vehicles "using police lathis in order to see whether coronavirus was present or not".
Expressing surprise over the police explanation, the court sought a complete report on the issue.
On 9 February, Maharashtra had reported 2,515 new COVID-19 cases, while 22 deaths were registered on 8 March
Mumbai reported 357 new cases and seven deaths, which took its tally to 7,35,055 and fatality count to 16,022
An official said with 4,285 patients discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered cases rose to 63,49,029.