Salman, a resident of Varthur in east Bengaluru, worked at a chicken shop before he lost his job during the pandemic. He was allegedly picked up by the police in connection with a probe into the theft of car batteries in October. According to the victim, he was picked up from near his home around 10.30 pm on October 27 by policemen in mufti, who arrived in a private vehicle with a Kerala registration number. “I was taken to Varthur police station where I was assaulted mercilessly by three men. I confessed to stealing three car batteries. They then took me to the people to whom I had sold the batteries. I was again brought to the police station and asked to confess to other thefts which I had not committed,” Salman, who is recovering at the hospital, told The Indian Express. “I was tied upside down and beaten badly. Three cops assaulted me for three days. They targeted one body part at a time. They beat my right hand and kicked me,” Salman said, adding that he was released from police custody on October 31.
Salman said he was released from police custody on October 31. “I came back home and took painkillers assuming it was pain. But as days passed, my hand started to lose strength and the injury worsened. My family took me to a hospital in Sarjapura where doctors said the arm had to be amputated,” he said. “He is one of the breadwinners in our family and also the youngest of three siblings. We decided to take him to another hospital (Vydehi Hospital in Whitefield) where we were given the same reply. Eventually, we consulted the Hosmat Hospital and they said a surgery was crucial to save his life as the infection was grievous in nature. We had no choice but to go ahead with the operation on November 8,” Salman’s cousin brother Waseem said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Whitefield) D Devaraj said he has sought a report from the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in the Varthur jurisdiction regarding the incident. “I was informed that he was detained in a theft case. Information on whether Salman was assaulted and whether he was detained for three days will be known as the ACP is now conducting an inquiry into the incident,” DCP Devaraj said. The Bengaluru Police have suspended three cops attached to Varthur police station for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old youth to the extent that his right arm had to be amputated. Head constables Nagabhushan Gowda, Nagaraj B N and Shivakumar H are the officers who have been suspended.