Police force had thrashed Kangara residents in Osmanabad district on the midnight of May 26

Aurangabad : The Special Inspector General of Police of Aurangabad range Amitesh Kumar said that the case of alleged police atrocity at village Kangara in Osmanabad tehsil will be handed over to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) soon.

Kumar paid a visit to the village and held interaction with villagers on Saturday.

In a damage control exercise, the Special IG also shared his mobile phone number with Kangara residents who were ruthlessly bashed by over 200 police personnel at midnight recently.  Kumar told them to contact him on mobile phone if they are pressurized or threatened by anybody.

As reported earlier, police personnel had unleashed their anger by thrashing Kangara residents on the midnight of May 26. More than 50 villagers were seriously injured while 135 were booked and 55 arrested. The high drama was a consequence of a minor clash between handful villagers and four police constables over the issue of banning liquor sale in the village. In this clash, eight constables had sustained injuries. Three policemen including a sub-inspector were suspended later by the government. According to information, villagers were demanding police to ban illegal sale of liquor. Police, instead of taking cognizance of villagers’ complaint, refuted the illegal activity. On Monday, villagers spotted some people selling liquor, caught them, seized their liquor and immediately informed Bembli police station.  Two policemen had come to the village and spilled the seized liquor on ground and accused villagers of spilling the liquor.  This sparked a verbal clash between villagers and the cops who then beaten up a woman over the same issue. Furious villagers then bashed the cops. The police force came to the village and wreaked havoc on villagers for 3-4 hours.

Sudhir Dharmadhikari

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