Police highhandedness becomes viral

Birgunj, November 14

A photograph depicting a security personnel beating a woman brutally at Rajatchowk, Inaruwa of Parsa, dated a few days ago, has become viral in social media.

Locals are incensed that Parsa police still engage in brutality at a time when campaigns are constantly being launched to establish a positive image of the police. The District Police Office is investigating the incident, summoning the police squad involved in the act.

Violence against civilians have reportedly been on the rise after the district police formed a Tiger Team (plainclothes security personnel) to curb illegal, indecent and criminal acts in the district, complained residents.

Personnel from the team are said to have beaten Chanda Kumari mercilessly while she was entering Nepal via Birgunj border from India’s Raxaul for not paying taxes for four pairs of shoes on Wednesday. “Security personnel assaulted those who attempted to protect Chanda,” said witnesses.

A local in the vicinity had recorded a footage of this incident on his camera, which he then uploaded on social media, instantly garnering public outcry. It is learnt that head constable Shanta Mani Lamsal, constable Rajanish Thakur and another constable from Inarwa Police Post were involved in the manhandling.

More than a dozen such hostile incidents have been reported in the past one month. These stand as ironical comment at a time when the police have introduced ‘Police My Friend’ campaign to improve ties with the public. “Police constable Thakur hit Chanda’s head after seizing her bag and taking her under control,” the witnesses said.

Meanwhile, DSP Chakra Raj Joshi, who is also the spokesperson of Parsa District Police Office, stated, “We have initiated a thorough investigation into the incident.

“Necessary action will be taken against personnel acting to tarnish the image of the entire security force,” pledged SP Raju Babu Shrestha.