Students allege illegal detention by local MLA
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 18:50
Jaipur: A group of students and social activists, who had gone to Sikar district to assess the impact of mining activities there, have alleged they were illegally detained and beaten up by police on the behest of a local Congress MLA.

A group of six students, including two girls, had gone on a study tour with two senior members of rights group People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on June 14 in Nim Ka Thana area, an activist said.

"When we were returning in our vehicles from Dabla village at night, we were stopped by police and a few persons in plain clothes and were forcibly taken to Patan police station where the SHO Gokul Sharma and other policemen beat us up and illegally detained us," a senior member of the organisation Kailash Meena said here.

"Local MLA Ramesh Khandelwal has mining interests and is setting up a liquor factory in the area. His men have confronted villagers in past too and our activities provoked him on June 14," he claimed.

"After illegally detaining us without any reason for over two hours, they allowed us to go after intervention of senior officers," he said, adding that they had forwarded a complaint against the local police officers including the SHO to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) PK Deb and DGP Harish Meena.

Justifying the detention, Gaurav Srivastava, Superintendent of Police, Sikar, said that the students were with an anti-social element Sanwal Ram, who was searched by the police and was arrested that night.

Denying the allegations of harassment he said that the SHO arrested Sanwal Ram only, and did not harass any one.

"An FIR was lodged against Sanwal Ram who had entered into the factory of the MLA on June 14 and beat up the manager on duty," he said.


First Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 18:50

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