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NHRC issues notice to Delhi police for alleged beating of auto driver

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report the National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Delhi police commissioner and deputy commissioner of police (north-east), Delhi calling for reports within two weeks into alleged severe beating of an auto-rickshaw driver, Chand Mohammad, by a constable and his associates of Seelampur police station on the 31 July.

The police personnel also allegedly  snatched away Rs10 thousand from him.   The victim was taken to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital by his friends from where he was referred to the Lok Nayak Jayprakash Narayan for treatment.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim.  It has also asked senior police officers to inform about the status of health of victim and legal/disciplinary action, if any, taken against the delinquent police official.

According to the media report, some people were playing cards on a footpath in Seelampur. But they ran away when they saw a police constable and his associate approaching them.  But the victim, who was a bystander, was caught by the police personnel.  Despite his denial that he was not playing cards, the police personnel did not listen to him and demanded money.  When he refused to pay, they took him to the Seelampur police station where he was allegedly mercilessly beaten up.  They also snatched Rs.10 thousand from him, which he had been carrying to repay the installment of his auto-rickshaw loan. 
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