Two policemen of Mahadevapura Police Station in Bengaluru have been accused of theft and assault.
An FIR has been registered against the duo after Prakash, an alleged gambler, had registered a complaint with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, reports The Times of India.
The charges include theft, assault and criminal intimidation.
Speaking with TOI, Prakash said, â€śThey came home recently and pressured me to withdraw the case. They assaulted me when I declined to do so and left home after stealing Rs 2.5 lakh.â€ť
The FIR comes seven months after the two accused copsâ€” assistant sub-inspector Amrutesh and head constable Jayakiranâ€” were suspended for allegedly letting Prakash get away without following due procedure.
It was on November 4, 2017 that ASI Amrutesh and HC Jayakiran had raided the gambling den and detained 10 people including Prakash. The standard procedure following gambling raids is to serve notices to the accused and then later seek permission from a court to register an FIR.
Moreover, while Rs 2.5 lakh was seized, the amount recorded in the station house diary was only Rs 42, 500.
Amrutesh and Jayakiran were also suspended for using unparliamentary language against sub-inspector R Ashwath when the latter questioned them on procedural lapses on the raids.
Speaking to TNM, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Whitefield) Abdul Ahad said that although the duo was suspended pending inquiry by the ACP Whitefield, they were reinstated during election time and since then they have been working in the same Whitefield division.
â€śThey are government servants and they cannot be kept under suspension indefinitely. They were reinstated after the preliminary inquiry period was over during election time,â€ť Ahad said.
Confirming the FIR against the two cops, the DCP said, â€śThe accused in the gambling case had gone to court alleging misappropriation. That has also been referred to ACP Whitefield for investigation.â€ť
ACP Whitefield Sudham B Naik refused to divulge any information stating that he will only send a report to his superiors.