Man seeks action against cops under SC/ST act
Madurai: An MCA graduate belonging to the schedule caste (SC) community has sought action against four policemen from Rajapalayam, who allegedly abused him physically and verbally in the name of his caste on August 26.
Evidence, an NGO which held an inquiry into the issue, said that M Elampiraimaran, 25, of Desikapuram in Virudhunagar, was arrested from the new bus stand in Rajapalayam on August 26. He was travelling with two others on a motorcycle when, on seeing the police, his fellow riders asked Elampiraimaran to get off the bike and sped away. The policemen who took note of this intercepted him and asked him to call his two friends back, Evidence executive director A Kathir told reporters.
“When Elampiraimaran told them that he did not have a cellphone, the two policemen, identified as SI Pethi alias Thirumalai Raja and head constable Ayyappan, demanded to know as to how an MCA graduate did not possess a phone,’’ he said. They asked him about his caste, and when he told them that he belonged to the Pallar community, both policemen told him that they
knew that Pallars of the village were arrogant. They allegedly took him to the restroom on the top floor of the Rajapalayam south police station and along with two other policemen beat him up. They even turned a deaf ear when an inspector, Mariappan, requested them to let the man go.
Elampiraimaran was booked under various sections, including 294 (b), 353 and 506(1) of IPC, and remanded. He was lodged in the Srivilliputtur prison from August 26 to 30. As he sustained internal injuries in his nose and ears during the police torture, he received treatment at the Srivilliputtur government hospital from August 31 to September 3. He was referred to the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on September 3 for his nose injury. Elampiraimaran, who is preparing for a competitive examination, said the policemen spoke derogatively of his mother and threatened to ensure that he never got a government job.
Kathir demanded that action be taken against the four police personnel under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities act, the false case foisted against Elampiraimaran be withdrawn, and that he be given a compensation of 5 lakh for the torture undergone.
Source: TOI, Sept 09, 2018