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Jul 13, 2013 at 10:00pm IST

MP: Police officer caught on camera assaulting a woman

New Delhi: In a shocking case of police brutality in Madhya Pradesh, a senior police officer in Shivpuri was caught on camera assaulting a woman who wanted to lodge a murder complaint.

Trouble began when locals demanded that a murder complaint be registered in connection with the death of a relative of the woman. When the police refused to comply, the locals allegedly attacked the police station. The police then reportedly retaliated which was caught on camera.

According to police, a 48-year-old man Dashrath Pal was murdered in the intervening night of July 11-12, while he was returning home along with his wife and daughter. The accused, identified as Ranveer Rawat, Narendra Rawat and their five associates stopped them and forcibly took Dashrath along with them at a gun-point to settle scores with him. The victim had earlier filed a report with the police against the accused for getting a part of his land registered in their name, police said.

Next morning the victim's body was found near the village, following which police was informed about it. Police took the body into their custody and sent it for autopsy. Meanwhile, the villagers reached the Karera police station. When the police informed that a case has been registered into the matter, villagers sought to know as to why the accused were not named in the report, even though the victim's family had identified the accused. The villagers then forcibly took the body of the victim from the mortuary van and staged a road blockade in the town.

The state government has ordered a high level probe. But the Congress is already alleging deteriorating law and order. "This is the real face of the BJP's police in Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister and Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh need to take action immediately. They need to file a case against the officers who could beat up a woman trying to report a murder. If no action is taken soon, the Congress will actively take up the matter till it is resolved," Congress leader Pankaj Chaturvedi said.

Meanwhile, dismissing Congress's allegations as baseless, BJP said, "Congress has no future in Madhya Pradesh, that's why it's making baseless allegations."

With Additional Inputs From PTI