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Cops suspended for thrashing MLA in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: Eight police personnel were suspended, three of them were later arrested and sent to jail, on Monday for allegedly beating up a ruling BJP MLA in the hill state of Uttarakhand.

Sub-inspector Manoj Negi and constables Ravinder Kumar and Harinder Bhandari were arrested on charges of beating up MLA Rajkumar on Sunday night, SSP Dehradun Abhinav Kumar said.

They were produced before a local court which remanded them to 14-day judicial custody, he said.

A total of eight policemen were suspended for allegedly thrashing the MLA, a Dalit, who represents Sahaspur segment in the Uttaranchal state assembly.

The incident happened when Rajkumar's vehicle was stopped by police at Premnagar in view of traffic snarl in the area sparked by a road accident.

Cops suspended in Uttarakhand

This led to heated arguments between the MLA and police who allegedly dragged the former out of his vehicle and thrashed him.

Angry over the beating up of the MLA, a large number of BJP workers vandalised the Premnagar police post where the lawmaker was taken.

Chief Minister R P Nishank expressed concern over the incident and asked police and district officials to take steps to defuse the situation.

Source: Sify.com

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