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Police tortured me, charges NSUI leader

Staff Correspondent

He has been booked in a credit card racket case

MANGALORE: Tejaswiraj, president of the district unit of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), has been admitted to a private hospital here after he was allegedly tortured under “detention” by the policemen.

Hospital records show that he has “internal injuries” and “blood clots on his legs and his feet”. He was admitted on Friday after he was granted bail in a case in which he had been accused of being part of a fake credit card racket.

Mr. Tejaswiraj told presspersons on Sunday that he was “tortured by a team of Mangalore Rural police”. He claimed that he was summoned by the Mangalore Rural police on Monday in connection with a fake credit card scam.

“But, as soon as I reached the police station, I was blindfolded and taken to a house in a deserted locality that seemed to be on the outskirts of the city,” he said.

He said that he was kept in a secret place there till Tuesday evening. He was starved and beaten throughout. The policemen kept taunting him about his position in the Congress- affiliated NSUI.

“The police had a personal grouse against me because I had led agitations against them in the aftermath of the church attacks,” he said and added that he was produced before a magistrate late on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao said that he had not yet received any complaint in this regard. He, however, said that he would initiate an enquiry after receiving the complaint.

A Medico-Legal Case has been admitted by the police in connection with the episode.

District Congress committee president B. Ramanath Rai, former MPs, and senior party leaders B. Janardhana Poojary and Vinay Kumar Sorake, did not make any comments on the incident. MLA U.T Khader and the committee member P.V Mohan condemned the police action.

Mr. Khader demanded a departmental enquiry while Mr. Mohan said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government was trying to “systematically demoralise the young party workers”.

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