A Jawan from the Indian Army was mercilessly beaten by police personnel in the Chatra district of Jharkhand for not wearing a mask. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media and messaging apps, sparking a lot of anger.
After the outrage, three policemen, along with two other officials, were suspended. The action was taken based on a report on the incident presented by officials from the Chatra Police Superintendent (SP) office.
Video footage shows the Jawan, identified as Pawan Kumar Yadav, being beaten, kicked and slapped by a bunch of policemen in the Karma Bazar town of Chatra. Police were conducting checks in the area as part of a campaign to enforce the wearing of masks when Mr. Yadav, a resident of the nearby village of Aara-Bhusahi, arrived there on his bicycle.
The police officers detained him and one of the police officers, Havaldar Sanjay Bahadur Rana, took the key to his bicycle. The fact that the keys to his two-wheeler were taken from him enraged the military man who protested vigorously.
This provoked a barrage of blows and kicks: many of the police officers who participated in the assault were not wearing masks, as one of the video clips of the incident shows.
Mr. Yadav was taken to the Mayurhand Police Station after angry villagers intervened. Chatra SP Rakesh Ranjan learned of the matter and requested a report. Sunil Kumar Singh, the local MP, spoke with Mr. Ranjan and called for strict action against the police personnel involved.