The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has sought a report from Coimbatore Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan on a cop assaulting a 16-year-old boy at Rathinapuri.
The assault incident was a fallout of an argument that broke out between a couple running a roadside eatery on the night of June 17.
Sub-Inspector Chellamani, on his routine patrol, had asked the boy’s parents, who have kept their eatery open beyond 9 pm to shut shop as per lockdown norms. Even as the couple explained their poor circumstances to the cop and the need to make some money to meet their expenses, the 16-year-old boy took video of the incident on his mobile phone.
Infuriated by his act, the sub-inspector took away his mobile phone and the boy in return snatched the SI’s bike key. Subsequently, the cop delivered a few blows on the boy and also issued a warning to his parents that the minor will be sent to prison for his act. The boy was also taken to a police station for an inquiry, but was let off without registering a case as he was a minor. Taking cognizance, the SHRC has issued a notice to the police commissioner seeking a report within two weeks.