New Delhi: A circle officer was transferred and two constables suspended after the media aired a footage of policemen brutally lathicharging women protesters in Aligarh on Thursday as they clashed with the security over the murder and alleged rape of a 6-year-old girl.
The UP government acted quick and later suspended 21 officials, including 4 SDMs, one regional officer and one DFO.
The girl had gone missing on Wednesday night and when her family approached the police to file an FIR, the police refused. The next morning, the dead body of the girl was found.
The agitated family members began protesting and soon others joined them and began pelting stones at the police.
The video footage of the police crackdown shows officers thrashing and hitting women, including the mother and father of the victim, with lathis and dragging them away.
What was even more shocking was the police reaction in the aftermath of the incident. The police seemed to be justifying the brutal crackdown.
DIG Prakash D said, "The dead body of a six-year-old girl was recovered. We went there for investigation and postmortem of the body. The locals were agitating there. They tried to attack the police team without any provocation. We had to use little force against them."
The officer, however, added, "There is an allegation that there was some attack against women by police. We are looking into it. If this is proved there will be action against the police officers responsible."
The probe report is expected to be submitted in three days. The police has also filed an FIR against unknown people.
The post-mortem report of the victim is awaited.