Kerala police on Monday filed a case against one of their own, after he reportedly assaulted a helmetless rider using his wireless set in Kollam on Friday.
Satheesh Bino -Kollam Commissioner of Police- told The News Minute that a case has been filed against the said officer under Section 326 for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means.
On Friday, Santhosh Felix and his 2-year-old son were travelling on a bike on their way to the hospital where his mother was admitted. When a cop flagged down his vehicle, Santosh was able to stop his bike only a few metres ahead which somehow annoyed the cop.
The officer then apparently walked up to Santhosh, abused him for not stopping the bike in time and hit him with his wireless set. The 32-year old marketing executive sustained severe injuries on his left ear as well as a broken skull.
Doctors reportedly told the family that the chances of complete hearing loss are supposedly very high. Reports said that Marsh Das -the officer- was suspended just hours after the incident.
Speaking to The News Minute, Sandeep -the victimâs brother- said that the officer had fled the scene when people began to gather around following the commotion. He feels that suspending the officer is a mere eyewash by the police department to contain public outrage.
âHe will naturally join duty, once suspension is revoked. We donât want the government to bear the medical expenses, but we do want the culprit to face criminal charges as a future deterrent for others,â Sandeep says.
What was even more shocking to the family was the fact that the cop chose to hit Santhosh in the presence of his child Ashish.
After recording Santhoshâs statement at a private hospital in Kollam on Monday, the Police Complaints Authority stated that there were serious lapses on the part of the police and called for legal proceedings against the officer.
Responding to the media after recording Santhoshâs statement, Justice Narayana Kurup said that a criminal case must be registered against the officer and that the State is entitled to pay compensation to the victim.
Commenting on the incident, the Commissioner however said that the police had received conflicting statements regarding the same.
"While Santhosh maintains that he was travelling with his kid and that the attack happened without any provocation, the officer and a few onlookers maintain that Santhosh was riding alone. We are looking into the matter and will take requisite action, in case the officer acted against the standard procedure," he reiterated.
After the incident sparked off a controversy, state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who also holds the Home portfolio, condemned the incident. Terming the officerâs behavior as âimmatureâ, Pinarayi said that the police must be vigilant and not show the government in a bad light.