In a bizarre show of authority, a video has emerged from Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district which shows police personnel pointing their guns at commuters and forcing them to hold up their hands while they check their vehicles.
The video, which has gone viral, was shpot at Bagren police outpost in Wazirganj. It shows the outpost-in-charge Rahul Kumar Sisodia shouting warnings at commuters, according to IANS.
“Raise your hands. Open your legs. If you lower your hands, you’ll be shot. Then don’t say you were shot. Who will put on your helmet? You will be shot,” the police official is heard saying in the video, accessed by news agency ANI.
Locals have suggested that the manner of frisking by police in the area has become a norm. According to one of the commuters, the police don’t make concessions for women either.
“If you are driving and the cops want to stop you, they will do that with a gun in hand. The method is so intimidating and humiliating for the common man. The cops make no concession even if the driver is a woman,” Raj Kumar Agarwal, a businessman was quoted as saying by IANS.
However, Badaun SSP Ashok Tripathi on Monday defended police action, calling it a “tactical technique”.
“There have been incidents earlier where people of criminal mentality fired at the police during vehicle checking. We have suffered casualties due to such incidents, that is why a tactical technique is being used,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Another police pofficail told reporters, “Badaun is a crime prone area and we keep our guns out because you never know which vehicle is bringing criminals. We have to remain prepared.”
The office of the Director General of Police or DGP said an investigation into the incident would be launched and action would be taken, if needed.