Dalit accuses police of illegal confinement in Rajasthan

March 10th, 2011 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Barmer (Rajasthan), March 10 (IANS) A Dalit man here Thursday accused the police of falsely implicating him in a theft case and keeping him in the lock-up for six days as he could not pay a bribe of Rs.15,000.

“I was summoned to the police station March 2 and kept in the lock-up for six days. They said I was involved in a theft case,” the victim Jabarnath told IANS.

He alleged that two constables of Sindhari police station asked him for a bribe of Rs.15,000 to release him.

“I am poor and so could not pay the bribe. They released me Tuesday after brutally beating me up. I went home and my family got me admitted to a hospital,” he said.

Superintendent of Police (Barmer) Thursday suspended three policemen over the incident.

“We are looking into the case and will have a detailed probe,” he said.

Rajasthan has seen a spurt in crimes against Dalits, with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) putting the state at second position in the country in terms of number of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

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