Police officers walk along an empty road during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Mumbai, India.

In an affidavit filed earlier than the Bombay excessive court docket (HC), the Mumbai Police has refuted the allegations {that a} porter was stopped and assaulted by police personnel busy imposing lockdown restrictions, which had been imposed since end-March to comprise the unfold of the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak, in south Mumbai, and he later succumbed to the accidents.

Iqbal Gani Avalkar, an inspector hooked up to south Mumbai’s JJ Marg police station, has filed the affidavit in reply to a public curiosity litigation (PIL) filed by advocate and human rights activist, Firdause Irani, who claimed that he himself, his spouse and their two sons had been assaulted by the native police personnel and civic officers exterior their residence at Goregaon (West) on April 16 for no obvious cause.

Irani claimed that there have been a number of cases of police excesses underneath the guise of imposing lockdown restrictions and cited a report of a human rights organisation that estimated the dying toll at 15, together with two from Mumbai, in a bid to bolster his argument.

The Mumbai victims had been recognized as Sameer Jamal Khan and Raju Velu Devendra. Khan and Devendra died after being allegedly assaulted by south Mumbai and Juhu police station personnel, respectively.

Avalkar has claimed that Khan, who was carrying a fridge and two bundles of garments on a handcart to Mumbai’s Null Bazaar neighbourhood, was not stopped by any police personnel whereas citing closed-circuit TV (CCTV) footage as proof.

Dattatray Bhargude, an assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Mumbai Police, filed an affidavit stating that the investigation into Devendra’s dying has not proceeded additional, because the members of the family of the deceased didn’t come ahead to file their statements, regardless of repeated requests.

The ACP additionally pleaded his lack of ability to subject summons to eye-witnesses, because the spot, the place the incident occurred, continues to be off-limits as a result of it has been declared a containment zone for Covid-19 sufferers.

A two-member division bench, comprising chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice NJ Jamadar, adjourned Irani’s petition for 2 weeks in a bid to allow Mumbai Police to file an affidavit in reply to the petitioner’s allegations.

On Tuesday, Irani identified to the court docket that after the April 16 incident he has obtained a whole bunch of complaints from individuals having confronted related police excesses throughout the lockdown restrictions.

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