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Hyderabad cops put 4 friends in lock-up, rain blows for 16 hours Hyderabad cops put 4 friends in lock-up, rain blows for 16 hours

Jun-30-2015 | 0 Comments


HYDERABAD: A grand celebration of an old Irish connection quickly turned into a nightmare for four friends on the early hours of June 25. They were allegedly picked up by police, made to part with their phones, beaten mercilessly for questioning their illegal detention and refusing to pay a bribe.

The 16-hour assault on two Indian permanent residents of the Republic of Ireland, along with their local friends, by the Hyderabad Police has kicked up a storm of protests in the city with calls for punishment of the guilty officers.

At around 2.30 am on June 25, more than 15 cops accosted the two Irish permanent residents -- Mallapuram Vasu (37) and M Nitin (33) -- at the city's Musheerabad police station limits, moments after they left a house party nearby. The cops dragged them to the police station along with their two friends B Preetham (37) and M Nirish (35). "We are old friends from Dublin celebrating as we are scheduled to get our citizenship next year. But our ordeal started when a group of policemen on two-wheelers suddenly appeared as our driver stopped to drop one of our friends," said Vasu.

First the cops began abusing us, then landed blows on our stomach, face and legs with rubber batons, said Vasu, showing the bruises all over his body said. The scene then shifted to the Musheerabad police station where they were bundled into a lock-up. "They threw us on the floor, kicked and beat us up without even bothering to see our identity cards," Vasu told TOI from the ICU of a city-based hospital. He added that the police seized their smartphones and asked for Rs 3 lakh as bribe to settle the case.

Before getting himself admitted for treatment of his injuries on Monday, he managed to lodge a formal complaint with city commissioner of police Mahender Reddy and also the Andhra Pradesh Human Rights Commission on Monday.

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