|“Considering evidence, rights violation cannot be ruled out”|
CHENNAI: Holding that a police sub-inspector and a constable had violated human rights, the State Human Rights Commission has recommended that they pay a total fine of Rs.1,500 to the victim.
In his complaint, David, working as a security guard in Tamil Nadu Real Estate (P) Ltd., which had an arrangement with Hotel Taj Coromandel on Nungambakkam High Road, for parking its guests’ vehicles, said he demanded the token from a tourist taxi which tried to enter the parking area.
The token should be obtained from the hotel and produced to the security guard for parking vehicles.
But the driver refused and insisted on entering the premises.
He requested the driver to give way for other cars to enter the premises in order to avoid traffic congestion on the road.
He said Kamalakannan, sub-inspector and Mani, constable, attached to the Nungambakkam police station, came there and the constable held him by his collar and dragged him to the hotel premises.
The sub-inspector slapped him repeatedly and threw away his identity card and whistle. Despite stating that he was only doing his duty, the police tried to take him to the police station, when a hotel official intervened.
He later met the Inspector who promised him that action would be taken against the officials concerned. But there was no response.
In his report, the Police Commissioner said in order to clear traffic the police personnel had done their lawful duty.
The SHRC’s investigation wing in its report said “It appears that the contentions of the petitioner are true.”
In its order, the Commission Bench, comprising Justice S. Thangaraj and K. Mariappan, members, said while the complainant was over anxious in discharging his duty, the police committed rights violation in the guise of discharging their duties.
The Bench said the respondents had introduced a new version — the complainant, while denying permission of entry to a water tanker, caused obstruction to traffic.
Considering the overall evidence, rights violation could not be ruled out, the Commission said and recommended that the sub-inspector pay a compensation of Rs.1000 and the constable Rs.500 to the complainant.
Initially, the Government should pay the sum and later recover it from the salaries of the erring officials.
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