The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 6 , 2014
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Assault slur on civic cops

A group of civic police personnel allegedly assaulted a man at Birati around 2am on Tuesday when he failed to produce an invitation card to prove that he was returning home from a family function.

Prem Kumar Balmiki, a cargo handler at the airport for a private airline, needed four stitches on his head and had bruises all over his body after the assault. The 32-year-old was returning home to Mahajatinagar in Birati after attending a family function near airport gate No. 1.

Civic cops are volunteers hired on contract to assist the police.

“My uncle took a shuttle car to Birati and got down at Mahajatinagar bus stop on MB Road from where his home is a short walk away,” said nephew Ramesh Prasad.

As he was walking towards home, five civic cops stopped Prem Kumar and demanded to know why he was out so late in the night. The man replied that he was returning from a ceremony, to which the civic cops asked him to show the invitation card.

“My uncle didn’t have any card but the cops persisted with their demand. This led to an altercation and they beat up my uncle with sticks and iron rods,” Ramesh alleged.

A battered and bruised Prem staggered home sometime later and narrated the incident to his family.

Prem stays with his aged parents and a younger brother while another brother lives next door.

The family members rushed to the spot and accosted the civic cops who were still there, apparently on duty. “The civic cops abused us,” Ramesh alleged.

By this time, Prem was losing consciousness. The family admitted him to Dum Dum Municipal Hospital.

The family alleged that officers at Airport police station did not allow them to lodge an FIR against the civic cops.

Officers said the civic cops could be at fault but “they were actually trying to stop the man who was fleeing”.