By Ishaan Seth (Telangana HC)
A PIL has been filed before the Telangana HC requesting immediate actions to be taken against the police officers who had had allegedly forced five persons accused of causing hurt to move the barricades at the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border for a continuous period of 2 hours under the summer heat.
The PIL which was filed by Baglekar Akash Kumar further states that such acts of the police officers leads to violation of the fundamental rights under Articles 14, 19(1), 21, 22(1) of the Constitution of India, 1950.
The petition places reliance on a report by The Hindu dated May 10 titled, “Police, not judges, award punishment”, which has also quoted a Police Inspector saying,
“Every day five petty case accused are brought from various stations under the rural police limits. It is the fourth day. These men are involved in simple hurt case. Moving the barricades in the sun is their punishment; they should not rest when the police are working hard. Even the SP and DSP appreciated the inspector’s initiative.”
Lastly, the petitioner has made prayers before the Telangana High Court:
- To order departmental enquiry against all the errant police officers.
- To direct the State to not compel the accused to do such acts in future
- To direct the State to give compensation to the accused for violating their basic human rights.
- To lay down guidelines in regard with what police officers should do while exercising its powers under Section 41A of the CrPC.