A policeman has been caught on camera riding his motorbike on the chest of a vegetable vendor in Allahabad as other policemen and bystanders stood and watched.
The incident took place on August 18 outside the Rambagh railway station. The vendor, Rohit Kesarwani, claims that the constable had asked him to move his cart and demanded a bribe. He alleges that when he refused, the cop assaulted him, beat him with a stick and threw him to the ground. The vendor alleges that the cop then rode the front wheel of his bike on his chest.
A man present there, Mohit Rastogi, recorded the incident on his mobile phone.
On camera, the vendor is seen lying on the ground wearing only a vest and the cop sitting on the motorbike, the front wheel of which is on the vendor's chest.
Mr Rastogi claims that when the cops saw him taking photographs, they tried to force him to delete them. "When the cops saw me clicking pictures they started threatening me. They said I should not interfere. But I refused to bow down."
Despite the visual evidence, the police have said that no such incident took place and that a photographer present there staged the whole thing for the camera. "There was an argument between the two of them. A photographer, who was also present there, told him to lie down under a motorcycle parked nearby. Then he took photos and leaked them to the media," said AK Pandey, Superintendent of Police, Crime.
The Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to the state government and senior police officials after a Public Interest Litigation was filed on the incident and the police have now begun to take action. Mohit Agarwal, Allahabad's Senior Superintendent of Police, said that the constable - Bechu Singh Yadav - had been suspended and that the police is investigating who the other cops present were. Mr Aggarwal promised tough action.
The case will come up for hearing on September 5.