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Police gheraoed after assault

More than 100 people gheraoed MGM police station in Sakchi on Sunday to protest against the alleged manhandling of a fourth grade employee of MGM Medical College by some policemen.

The mob — mostly MGM Medical College staff, their family members and some outsiders — claimed that it was the second such incident of “unprovoked” attack to have taken place near the medical college campus in the past one week and demanded immediate action against the culprits.

The agitators, led by BJP district president Rajkumar Shrivastava refused to budge from the spot till the guilty officers were suspended.

Later, officer in charge of MGM police station Ratibhan Singh rushed to the spot and quelled the protests by promising to look into the complaints of the agitators and take action against anyone found guilty.

Speaking to The Telegraph, one of the protesters Pintu Kumar Singh said the fourth grade staffer was beaten up around 6am by the police when he had gone to the water pump house to open a valve for supply of water to MGM residential quarters and college campus.

“He was chased and attacked after he came out of the pump house. It was totally unprovoked,” Singh claimed, adding that he had been similarly attacked on December 13.

Another protester said that after being attacked, the victim came back and narrated the incident to them, after which they decided to get in touch with BJP leader Srivastava, who asked them to gherao the police station. Sub inspector Ratibhan Singh, however, offered a different version and claimed that there had been no assault.

“Some policemen were taking a bath at a tap near the police station. While they were at it, the water stopped flowing suddenly and they saw a man going out of the pump house. Suspecting foul play, they chased, caught him and tried to bring him to the station. Nothing else happened,” Singh claimed.