Two cops suspended for misbehaving with students

The incident took place when the two students were on their way to Satyawati college in Ashok Vihar area of North West Delhi. North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), of which the two students are members, has alleged that the two sub-inspectors of Bharatnagar police station intervened when the victims were talking to the ticket-checker and tried to intimidate them.

"When the students resisted the policemen's intimidation tactics and argued back, they were picked up and taken to Bharatnagar police station. The two sub-inspectors not only thrashed them but also passed several racist comments on the physical features of the students," alleged Thanglunmang Khongsai, a NEFIS member. In response to the allegations, police said the complaint has been taken note of and top officials have suspended the two sub-inspectors - Laxmi Chand and Punit.

"The two DU students had complained against the two SIs of physical assault and misconduct. Taking note of their complaint, the accused cops have been suspended," a police official said. Angered by the incident, Khongsai said NEFIS has decided to approach other student and youth organisations and North-East groups, and to file a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

"The two policemen's behaviour was coloured by extremely racist comments and views and it is clear that students, particularly from the North-East are easy victims of high-handed, insensitive and intimidating police tactics. "NEFIS members have decided that such an act of authoritarian behaviour is unbecoming of policemen and should be resisted," he said.

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