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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative condemns police action

December 3, 2013 - Hyderabad

The Commonwealth Human Right Initiative has condemned the thrashing of four murder suspects by Ananthapur police in full public view.

CHRI said in a statement that although the DGP has ordered a probe and said that disciplinary action would be initiated against the cops if they are found guilty, it is not adequate to deal with vigilante violence perpetrated by police officers of the law. The statement said that 'Police uphold law and order and investigate crimes. It is only for the court to decide quilt or innocence of suspect. Maja Daruwala, Director Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative said that there is something seriously wrong with policing. A modern democracy needs a modern police and police don't seem to understand their role in a democracy and are struck in the colonial-feudal mould. Police consider violence as primary means of policing and evidence seems to indicate that seniors tolerate it, said the Director.

Action would be taken, says SP Senthil Kumar

Senthil Kumar, who took over the police superintendent on Tuesday, conceded that Guntakal division police had violated rules by beating up four accused in public.

An inquiry would be ordered into the incident and action would be initiated against the erring police personnel after the inquiry report is submitted, he said.

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