American journalist claims police beat him up

Last Updated: Thursday, October 8, 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 8, 2009 - 18:21

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