The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said the police assault on an auto-rickshaw driver and his minor son in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar was evidence of police brutality and how a uniformed force ought not to act.
“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what is,” a Bench of justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri asked.
The observation by the court came while issuing notice to the Centre, the AAP government and Delhi Police seeking their stand on a PIL seeking an independent CBI probe into the matter.
On Sunday evening, several video clips of a brawl between Sarabjeet Singh, the auto driver, and policemen went viral on social media.
Read: Auto driver was booked for assaulting gurdwara sevadar in April: Police
Meanwhile, the tempo driver, who was thrashed by policemen allegedly after he attacked one of them with a sword in northwest Delhi, was booked in April for assaulting the ‘sevadar’ of the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, police said.
The driver, Sarabjeet Singh, had brushes with law earlier as well. He had been booked under preventive sections (107/151 CrPC ) in the years 2006, 2011 and 2013 by the Delhi Police.
While Section 107 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) pertains to apprehension of breach of peace and tranquility of an area, Section 151 pertains to arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences.
In April this year, he allegedly assaulted sevadar Mangal Singh when the latter asked him why he and his son were sleeping near the ‘sarovar’ for the last three-four days.
Mangal Singh alleged in his complaint that when he and his colleague asked them about their whereabouts and why they were sleeping there, the driver got furious and started arguing with him.
The complainant informed the gurdwara manager about it and while they were taking the two to the gurdwara, his son tried to escape.
However, he was caught and Sarabjeet Singh assaulted the complainant.
A complaint was lodged against Sarabjeet Singh at the Parliament Street Police Station.
Meanwhile, the police said that the Crime Branch would go through the videos of the Mukherjee Nagar incident. PTI