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Bhagalpur incident: NHRC notice to Bihar Police

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | August 28, 2007 21:07 IST

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to Bihar police, asking it for a report on the incident pertaining to the role of policemen in the brutal beating up of a chain-snatcher.

According to a senior police officer, the NHRC issued the notice as the incident appeared to be a clear violation of human rights.

Mohammad Aurangzeb alias Saleem, a youth with criminal record in Nathnagar town in Bhagalpur district, was severely beaten up by a mob on Monday after he was caught trying to snatch a woman's gold chain.

Television channels then aired footage of critically-injured Saleem being tied to a motorcycle and dragged along the road by a policeman.

"Two policemen arrived at the spot where Saleem was being beaten up by the mob, but instead of rescuing him they tied his leg to a motorcycle and dragged him like animal on road," Rupesh Singh, a social activist, said.

Meanwhile, the Bihar Police has ordered a probe into the incident.

Bihar DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha told that two policemen, including a sub inspector, had been suspended.

"We have taken action against the two policemen without delay to warn others not to take law in their hands," he said.