Beat a man to death. Then jump on him. That’s what these cops did in Bihar

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  1. ejazr

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    Tehelka - Beat a man to death. Then jump on him. That’s what these cops did in Bihar

    Stomp of authority This series of video grabs shows a policeman kicking an injured Mustafa till he is dead. At one point, the cop takes a short run and jumps brutally straight onto Mustafa’s face (marked in red circle). Mustafa’s hands go up in helpless defence. One of many such instances that are highlighting the alter side of a new Bihar: here, goondaism still thrives in various garbs

    BHAJANPURA, AN obscure village of Forbesganj town in Araria, one of the most backward districts of Bihar, has unwittingly become the epicentre of communal politics. On 3 June, police bullets and atrocities took four lives, including an seven-month-old baby, a pregnant woman and an injured man, who was heinously stomped to death. In a statement that makes a mockery of the irrefutable evidence against them, the police are justifying the killings as an act of “self-defence”. The silence of the Nitish Kumar government is also raising several uncomfortable questions especially since all four people killed in the firing on 3 June belong to a minority community.

    The residents of Bhajanpura could never have imagined their demand for a road could take such a tragic turn. The brutality of the police emerged in a blood-curdling video of a cop, Sunil Kumar Yadav, literally jumping on a prostrate and injured man, pummelling him to death. This two-minute long video footage is so disturbing that one shudders to think of those who saw it with their own eyes. Fatkan Ansari, father of the deceased Mustafa, breaks down while talking to TEHELKA. “Who killed him? Why was he killed? How was he killed? What do I tell you? This will not bring back my son,” is all he can mutter, before lapsing into silence.

    This eerie silence is everywhere in Bhajanpura where, like Ansari, people do not want to speak about the incident. Mustafa happens to be just one of the many who have suffered a gruesome fate at the hands of the keepers of law.

    In Mustafa’s case, it was the video clipping of the brutality and the ensuing politicisation that caught the nation’s eye. Similar atrocities have either escaped the media’s glare or have been hushed up by the cops. Previously, on 17 December 2010, the police had opened fire on a group of residents from Batraha village who had come to protest the lewd behaviour towards their women by some paramilitary jawans. Three women and one man died in the firing. According to social activist Arshad Ajmal, several such reports never see the light of day.

    The particular incident in Bhajanpura was triggered by a protest by the villagers against the blockage of their only access road by a factory. They have been using this road for the past 60 years. Trouble be-gan when Auro Sundaram International Company (a company set up by the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority to set up manufacturing of starches from maize), started building roadblocks around the road. According to sources, on 1 June, an agreement was reached between villagers and company officials to build a road somewhere else. But talks broke down on 3 June and the resulting violence claimed four lives.

    After the incident, the village has turned into a police camp of sorts with more than a dozen Circle Officers from adjoining districts, three or four IPS officers and several administrative officials gathering there. The police claim the villagers pelted stones, set machines on fire and took out illegal firearms from their houses and fired at them. They only retaliated in self-defence. But the horrifying video of the injured man being stomped to death pulls the rug under the police’s claims. To quell a protest the police may resort to lathi charge, or in very rare circumstances, open fire. Post-mortem reports prove that the bullets were fired at point-blank range to the neck, chest and torso areas. All pointing to an obvious intent to kill.

    According to sources, Saurav Aggarwal, son of powerful the BJP MLA Ashok Aggarwal, is on the board of directors of Satyam International, which got the project to set up the starch factory. Ashok Aggarwal is considered to be close to Deputy CM Sushil Modi, who has still not given any statement on this barbaric incident. Even CM Nitish Kumar, after ordering a judicial enquiry, has refrained from saying anything.

    Eight days after the incident, a relief of Rs 3 lakh was announced for the family of the seven-month-old Naushad Ansari. Home Secretary Aamir Subhani has ordered a thorough inquiry to assess “why the villagers turned violent”, when they had already reached an agreement with the company. Subhani hints that the villagers might have been instigated by some local leaders and touts.

    THE OPPOSITION parties have launched an attack on the Nitish Kumar-led government. Bihar Pradesh Congress President Mehboob Ali Qaisar, after touring the place, demanded compensation for the families of the dead and announced that the party would launch an agitation. The CPM had also announced an agitation from 14 June. Nitish’s own party members have criticised the state government’s apathy towards the incident. Senior JD(U) leader Taslimuddin has called it an “administrative failure”.

    Party spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari’s statement that the Congress and RJD are exploiting the issue shows the government is skirting the real problem. Tiwari said any compensation given before the probe would be illegal. One wonders then whether the compensation offered to the seven-month-old’s family on the grounds that the child had no role in the agitation, is supposed to indict the police of murdering innocents or pacify the victims.

    Tiwari, a JD(U) member, toeing the CM’s line is understandable, but political observers of the state see it differently. If Nitish Kumar — who has had a clear and different stand on communal politics, his electoral alliance with the BJP notwithstanding — is adopting a lenient attitude in this matter, it will not be easy to decipher the complex maze of Bihar politics.

    Several NGOs have also come out against Nitish’s government. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and Shabnam Hashmi of ANHAD reached Patna on 10 June to hold a press conference. Shabnam’s report on the Bhajanpura incident accuses the Bihar government of “going down the path of Gujarat, which functions on the orders of the RSS”. “If Nitish Kumar was upset on having his picture next to Narendra Modi’s in an election poster, how can he remain silent on the atrocities committed under the protection of his own (Sushil) Modi? Had the villagers been Hindu, would the police have acted similarly?” she says.

    While accusations and counter-blows have taken the focus away from the real issue, a fog of gloom has descended over Bhajanpura. Rafeeq Ansari, whose sevenmonth- old grandson was shot dead, is devastated. “Two bullets were taken out of an eight-month old. I will never be able to forget it,” he says. Rafeeq’s daughter-inlaw is admitted in Patna Medical College in a critical state. Mohammed Shamsul’s seven-year-old niece, who was also injured, is admitted in the hospital. “Justice, for the harm done to us and safety of the future of the village is our only demand from the chief minister,” says Shamsul.

    But the chances of Nitish doing anything like that are rather slim, chiefly because this incident has shown the rift between the state and the villagers. Good governance has been the hallmark of the Nitish Kumar government, but development is yet to achieve that status. Even if the CM announces some relief for Bhajanpura, several Bhajanpuras are waiting to happen in Bihar. If not on account of the brutal murder, then definitely due to the land acquisition and spurious dealings of companies with the locals. Such conflicts have taken place in Madvan at Muzzafarpur as also in Aurangabad and Nabinagar. Police lathi charged a crowd in Madvan, and on 14 January, in another such incident in Nabinagar, one villager succumbed to injuries.

    Administrative officials also know the people don’t have the will to go on prolonged protests. Last year in Bhagalpur, a protest rally of villagers demanding electricity was so badly beaten by the police that three villagers died. There was no hue and cry over the incident. Four years ago, a policeman had tied a chain-snatcher, Aurangzeb, to his motorcycle and dragged him to the police station. Last month, one person died in police custody in Gaya, but the protests simply fizzled out.

    It seems police brutality has plummeted to such depths that people have given up protesting. The absence of protest was conspicuous in an incident in Shumbha village of Alauli Police station where a Special Auxiliary Police jawan fired and injured two kids. Two days earlier, during the Urs festival in Gopalganj, inebriated jawans of the Bihar Military Police beat up old people, women and children with lathis, but no one came out in protest.

    Whether the police are playing the role of state tyrants, or simply carrying out orders from higher powers, Nitish Kumar has a problem on his hands that only he has the power to solve.

    Surprised that this never made it to the Mainstream Media.
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  3. Adux

    Adux Senior Member Senior Member

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    Mainstream media is a sell out. RIP to my brother Indian. I hope the effing Policeman and his accomplices get's death only wrath angry god can give. Shame on India.

    Regarding Tehlaka talking about land acquisition and other related matters, it is their idea of pushing their leftist agenda using this very very sad incident.
  4. Rahul M

    Rahul M Regular Member

    Jun 8, 2011
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    we are still a very violent society, nowhere more violent than in bihar and WB, especially the state police. you will be surprised to know how many such incidents do not get highlighted in national media. can't blame them really, how many can you report before the pages run out ?
  5. Solid Beast

    Solid Beast New Member

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  6. Rahul Singh

    Rahul Singh Senior Member Senior Member

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    It seems these police men are still recovering from Laloo Raj aka Jungle Raja. Regardless, Nitish Kumar is very strict and gets even more because of his public image. Without any doubt these police men are going to rest in hell for very long, you can bet that.
  7. nitesh

    nitesh Mob Control Manager Stars and Ambassadors

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    Police reforms are needed, they are still using old methods of training and manuals.
  8. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

    Aug 25, 2010
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    It is no secret that majority of policemen are no worse than goons themselves. In rural or remote areas they are free to act as they wish since they know people are poor and weak and have no voice.

    RiP to people who died. Policemen who were involved should get life sentence or death penalty.
  9. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

    Aug 21, 2010
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    Curious case of conflict between Indian law and Islamic law leading to lawlessness on both sides. The crazy cop should be jailed for life for being such an lawless criminal himself, i cant imagine ending up in his precinct and wanting to go to the police station for anything! This is police terror.
  10. malluowl

    malluowl Regular Member

    Nov 28, 2010
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    When will Indians start being human. Atrocities in this nation has no bounds. The poor and the weak are always trampled upon. Not a soul in this nation will ever stand up for them and they themselves are going into the stone age with their Kap panchayats. I was hoping some of the younger politicians of both parties would spend some time in the hinterlands.
  11. shameem007

    shameem007 New Member

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    Police reforms are needed, they are still using old methods of training and manuals.

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