Inspector and two crime staff suspended for torturing doctor in custody:

Yogesh K Porwar

A police inspector, Kathyayini Alva attached to Sanjayanagar police station and two head constables, Manjunath and Panduranga reporting to her has been suspended by Commissioner of police Kamal Pant for beating a doctor while intrerrogating him in illegal sale of Remdesivir.

Senior officer said,The doctor complained against Kathyayini Alva and other cops identified as,Manjunath and Panduranga who has allegedly threatened him and beat him up during the interrogation.He also accused them of demanding Rs 5.5 lakh to relieve him from the case.

They detained a Bengaluru based doctor for two days as part of a probe into the illegal sale of Remdesivir and in which they inflicting third degree torture on him.

He was reportedly released only after he paid them Rs.5.5 lakh in cash.The doctor,who was beaten and bruised,recorded a video of his injuries and uploaded it on social media which went viral.

He clarified that he did not play a part in illegally selling Remdesivir.

Sources in the police said Alva allegedly summoned the doctor on the pretext of questioning him about the illegal sale of Remdesivir and demanded that he pay the money to the family of a Covid patient who died during treatment.The patient was personally known to Alva sources said to media persons.

Based on Dr Nagaraj’s complaint,Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Dharmendra Kumar Meena instructed the JC Nagar sub-division,Assistant Commissioner of Police, Reena Suvarna,to conduct an inquiry and file a report.

Meanwhile he also removed the inspector and her three staff from Sanjaynagar station and deployed them at the DCP office until further notice.

The victim,Dr.Nagaraj from Sri Sai Hospital,was picked up by the Sanjay Nagar police on May 15 after they arrested a housekeeping employee and a doctor,Sagar,from another private hospital for selling Remdesivir for Rs.30,000 Rs.40,000.

Based on Dr Sagar’s alleged confession,the police summoned Dr Nagaraj,but did not arrest him.

The doctor said I was tortured and beaten up so badly that I can’t even sit nor sleep,said Dr. Nagaraj in the video he released.The inspector not only took money to release me but threatened to kill me if I spoke about this to anyone,he alleged in the video which went viral.

After perusing the report,the DCP forwarded it to Commissioner of police,Kamal Pant who issued the suspension order based on the report submitted by investigating officer and suspended all the three for assaulting a doctor and ordered a departmental inquiry against the three suspended cops.