22-year-old Salman was picked up by cops on charges of stealing car batteries
NEW DELHI — A young man had his right arm amputated by doctors in Bangaloe, Karnataka, after he was allegedly subjected to brutal police torture in custody over accusations of theft, media reports said. Deputy Commissioner of Police has opened investigatios into claims, the reports add.
According to The Cognate news portal, the police kept Salman, 22, in custody for three days during which he was tortured leading to infection in his arm. The doctors then went for amputation.
Salman was picked up by plainclothes cops on October 27 from his home accusing him of being a thief, the report said citing his mother Shabina as saying. She said Salman confessed to stealing three car batteries and even took the policemen to the persons he had sold them but police even then arrested him to force confession of other thefts he had not committed.
Speaking with the Indian Express, Salman said: “I was taken to the Varthur police station where I was assaulted mercilessly by three people. I confessed to stealing three car batteries. They took me to the people to whom I had sold the batteries. I was again brought to the police station and asked to confess to other thefts which I had not committed. I was tied upside down and beaten badly. Three cops assaulted me for three days. They targeted one body part at a time. They beat my right hand and also kicked in their legs one after the other. My pleadings went unheard.”
Shabina further alleged that the police did not allow the family to see Slman while he was in their custody and also demanded ransom for release.
Salman was set free on October 30. He complained of severe pain in right arm and the family took him to a private hospital where doctors advised amputation due to the spread of gangrene. If the amputation was not done, doctors warned, infection could spread and pose a threat to his life.
According to the Indian Express, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Whitefield) D Devaraj has sought a report from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Varthur jurisdiction regarding the incident. “I was informed that he was detained in a theft case. Information on whether Salman was assaulted and whether he was detained for three days will be known as the ACP is now conducting an inquiry into the incident,” DCP Devaraj said.