Six cops suspended in the Guna Police assault on Dalit couple

By Ayush Angre

Six policemen suspended on Thursday for brutally beating the farmer dalit couple on 14th July's afternoon; are Sub-Inspector Ashok Singh Kushwah, constables Rajendra Sharma, Pawan Yadav and Narendra Rawat; women constables Neetu Yadav and Rani Raghuvanshi.

The District Collector of Guna, S Vishwanathan and the Superintendent of Police Tarun Nayak also got transferred.

On Tuesday 14th July 2020, Rajkumar Ahirwar and his wife Savitri consumed pesticide to save themselves from the brutal beatings of police to vacate the land, after destroying their harvest with bulldozer.

The Police went there to vacate the land of encroachment in Jaganpur Chak village of Guna, which was taken over by the couple on lease of Rupees 3 lakhs from Gabbu Pardhi for cultivation of Soyabean on the 45 bigha land.

The couple had requested to Guna SDM for more time and had said to leave the land after harvest. But SDM Shivani Garg denied their appeal and ordered the police to vacate the land at any cost.

Sources told, Police used brutal force to evacuate the land from the dalit couple and continued to beat them even after they consumed pesticide.

Media came along with the police who recorded everything live. Photographs and videos of the incident went viral, showing the couple’s children crying next to their parents getting assulted by the police.

The State President of Bahujan Samaj Party, Engineer Ramakant Pippal reached Guna from Bhopal to look into the matter and has released the statement demanding 10 Lakhs compensation, 2 room house and 5 bigha land for the victim.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with the Video of the incident on Thursday tweeted, “Hamari ladai isi soch aur anyay ke khilaf hai (Our fight is against this very mentality and injustice)."

The couple is charged with section 309 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises attempt to suicide and

is currently admitted in the civil hospital, Guna. No complaint under SC ST Prevention of Atrocity Act or not even an FIR has been registered in the case.

Ayush Angre is an Intern at The Colourboard.

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