A 23-year-old Muslim man from Bengaluru was allegedly assaulted and forced to drink urine in police custody, prompting authorities concerned to suspend the police official allegedly responsible for the same, according to the Indian Express. Tausif Pasha (23) was taken to the police station on Thursday at around 1 am over a quarrel with a neighbour. Tausif’s father Aslam Pasha said his son was assaulted, and the cops demanded money for Tausif’s release. “But we never knew that Tausif was subject to brutal torture till he came out of the police station,” said the father. Tausif said Harish and two other police constables, including one from the crime team, hit him in the abdomen with a bat, forcibly cut his beard and forced him to drink urine. “They hit me with cricket bat at least 30 times and when I asked them for water to drink, they made me drink urine. They also cut my beard. I begged them not to do so as it was part of my faith, but they said this (police station) was not a religious centre. They also made me clean the police station,” he said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sanjeev M Patil told The Indian Express an interim report was submitted on Monday, based on which Harish was suspended for dereliction of duty, not reporting to the police station, and for not registering the case. A departmental inquiry has also been ordered to probe the allegations made by the victim’s family.