The accused policeman was allegedly drunk and had detained six sex workers and brought them to the police station after a late night raid
The Hush Post: In an incident which is a blot on the khaki, a drunk policeman in Andhra Pradesh allegedly thrashed a woman in his custody. The policeman was later suspended after a photo of the incident went viral on social media.
The suspended cop is a head constable. The incident was reported from Nagarampalem police station in Andhra Pradesh Guntur district. He was suspended for dereliction of duty when he was caught on camera thrashing a woman, a report said.
The accused head constable has been identified as Venkateswara Rao. His photo has gone viral on social media.
As per media reports, six sex workers were brought to the police station after a raid in Guntur and booked under sections of the Immoral Trafficking Act. As head constable Venkateswara Rao spoke to the women, he started having a verbal fight with them and soon began thrashing one of them, the report said.
The viral photo shows the head constable beat up the woman with a slipper. And an internal investigation stated that he had assaulted her with a rubber hunter.
“We have enquired with sub-inspector Rajasree, constable Merry and other staff at the police station and submitted a report to Guntur urban SP Ch Vijaya Rao. The head constable has been suspended,” DSP P Sowmya Latha was quoted as saying in the report.
“The head constable was in drunk condition. Though he was not on duty, he picked up the women wanted in organised sex racket and brought them to the station around 11 pm on Sunday night. He picked up the hunter and beat one,” Nagarampalem police inspector Y Sridhar Reddy was quoted as saying.
Ironically, this incident took place in Andhra Pradesh’s first model police station, which was sanctioned more than Rs 1 crore in 2017, when it was inaugurated by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the report said.