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“Return gift for rioters”: 4 Days after BJP MLA’s video, still no action against UP cops brutality in Saharanpur

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Lucknow: The tension has increased in the environment, the temperature has increased, when the bulldozer will come in front of whose house, its chances have also increased. In this era of cruelty, even humor has become cruel. People who get beaten up by the police are found in the same district, about whom the police say that they are not aware of this video in which some youths are being beaten up with sticks.

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No action against police brutality in Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur even after 4 days of BJP MLA’s Shalabh Mani Tripathi shared a video on Twitter showing cops mercilessly beating a group of men with the caption “return gift for rioters”, the police say they have no information about the video. No one has filed a complaint and there is no investigation, they said.

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Saharanpur’s Superintendent of Police, City, Rajesh Kumar said they have no knowledge of the video. “We don’t know where this is from. If we receive any complaint, we will see,” he said.

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However, our investigation reveals a different story. Family members of at least five of the men being thrashed in the video said it is indeed from Saharanpur and the men have sustained severe injuries.

One of the young men in the video, Mohammed Ali, lives in Pir Gali of Saharanpur. His mother Asma was in tears when she saw the video of her son pleading with the police to stop hitting him because his hand may be broken.

“His hands are swollen and he was pleading to be let out. I haven’t even been able to eat for three days now,” she said.

In the same video, another man seen standing in the corner wearing a white kurta is Mohammed Saif, also from Saharanpur.

When we reached his house, his sister Zeba said that Saif had been beaten up so badly by the local police that he could not stand on his feet.

“My brother’s hands are swollen. They have hit him a lot and didn’t even take him to the doctor,” she said.

The man standing next to Mohammed Saif in the video is Mohammed Safaz. His brother Mohammed Tauheed, in tears, said the police beat him up brutally and even busted his kneecap.

“I met my brother in the jail, his leg was bleeding,” he said. Two other men from Saharanpur, Rahat Ali and Imran, have also been identified.

Four days after these men were beaten up, there is still no investigation in Saharanpur, with the police claiming that they were not even aware of the video and where the incident took place. The families in question seem to be too scared to confront the police or file a written complaint.

With eight police custodial deaths and 443 judicial custodial deaths in 2020-21, Uttar Pradesh accounts for the highest number of custodial deaths in the country.

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