American journalist claims police beat him up
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 18:21
New Delhi: An American journalist claimed that the police beat him up in south-east Delhi after they mistook him for a car-thief, an allegation denied by law enforcers who said the foreign national beat up an elderly driver and two police personnel.

The incident was reported from Jangpura in south-east Delhi on Tuesday at around 3 am and the journalist has been identified as Jeol Elliot, who is working with Delhi-based magazine 'Caravan'.

Police have booked Elliot for assault, attempted theft and creating nuisance after consuming alcohol. However, Elliot claimed he was framed after unknowingly walking into an altercation involving police and a commoner.

According to a senior police official, Elliot was drunk and was returning to his flat and was spotted by a security guard while allegedly trying to break into a taxi.

The guard informed taxi driver Balkrishan who went to the spot with three others. The official claimed that Elliot punched the face of the driver.

When two policemen intervened, Elliot allegedly attacked them also. However, Elliot denied the allegations saying unknowingly he walked into an altercation between police and a man.

Elliot claimed he got into an argument with the policemen and when they "beat" him up, he ran to safety and got inside an unlocked taxi.

He claimed the driver and others misunderstood him and handed him over to police who beat him up.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 18:21

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