Herald: Yet another case of police brutality surfaces
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Yet another case of police brutality surfaces

30 Nov 2018 05:56am IST

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30 Nov 2018 05:56am IST

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Human Rights Commission seeks detailed report of alleged assault of man by Pernem police earlier this month

PANJIM: Goa Human Rights Commission has sought a detailed report from Goa Police and Directorate of Health Services in connection with the assault on a local, reported 20 days ago at Pernem.

Considering the seriousness of the matter wherein Kapil Satelkar was allegedly assaulted by a police sub inspector and constable late on November 5 and denied medical attention at Parsem health centre, the Commission issued notices to the two departments seeking a detailed explanation. All the notices are returnable on December 20 when the matter will be heard next. 

GHRC’s inquiry noted that Satelkar’s allegations of assault by PSI Praful Giri and constable Shailesh Parsekar, both attached to Pernem police station, ‘prima facie appears to be serious in nature’.

“The incident in my opinion must be viewed with all seriousness, as such incidents reflect very badly on the image of the police machinery. Needless to say that the police should not behave arrogantly with public members but on the contrary they should be public friendly as the public members should not lose faith in law enforcing authority,” GHRC member A D Salkar observed while issuing notices to Director General of Police Muktesh Chander, North Superintendent of Police Chandan Chaudhary, the two policemen involved in the attack and the Primary Health Centre, Parsem. 

The incident comes into focus at a time when Goa Police is on the back foot over two cases of assault on civilians Lester D’Souza at Fatorda football stadium and Clint Rebello at Assolna in the same month. While in the second case five policemen, including a PSI have been suspended, two PSIs in the first case are facing departmental inquiry for major penalty. 

Top police officers have conceded that the men in khaki could have handled the two situations within the ambit of the law rather than retaliating in anger. 

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