Soldier Demands Justice, Threatens to Become Next Paan Singh Tomar
An Indo-Tibetan Border Police soldier has threatened to respond with violence if authorities do not take action regarding the alleged assault against his family members in Madhya Pradesh.
The soldier alleged that his younger brother lost 80 percent vision in his right eye in the assault, reported NDTV.
Havaldar Amit Singh posted on Facebook:
On 16 August, his family of ten, including three kids and two infants, had gone for a picnic to Hanuwantiya Island in the state’s Khandwa district. They got into a scuffle with the private security guards who didn’t allow them to carry milk bottles and biscuits for the infants, reported NDTV.
The guards allegedly assaulted the family with bricks, sticks and beer bottles as tensions escalated.
“The security guards particularly attacked my brother Atul Singh with beer bottle on the head and also one of the stones thrown by them hit his right eye, owing to which he has lost 80% vision in that eye,” Amit Singh alleged, according to the NDTV report. Atul is being taken to Chennai for treatment, while Singh’s youngest brother, Vipul, suffered a fracture to his leg during the attack.
Singh noted that tourism department staff were witness to the entire incident, but didn’t step in to help the family.
He also alleged that the police has “merely lodged a case on their complaint against two guards and 15 unidentified guards and boatmen under simple IPC sections pertaining to abusive behaviour, physical assault and criminal intimidation and not a case of attempt to murder owing to grievous injury in my brother's eye.”
The local police have clarified that they have filed cases against the the security guards and the family members.
“Both groups had clashed with each other, during which one of the members of the family sustained serious wounds on the eye. Since the doctors at government health facility in Mundi (Khandwa) had initially declared the injury as simple, hence the case was lodged under simple IPC sections. Once we get the new medico legal report from doctors in Indore, we'll suitably add more sections in the FIR,” a police officer clarified to NDTV.
(With inputs from NDTV)
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