SI suspended for forcing dalit to drink urine

CHIKKAMAGALURU: The IGP (Western Range) on Sunday suspended a police sub-inspector in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka — who had allegedly forced a Dalit youth to drink urine at Gonibeedu police station two weeks ago — and transferred him out of the district.

The case has been handed over to the CID, Chikkamagaluru SP Akshay Hakay Machhindra said. The SP said the probe will be conducted by police officers from outside the district. It has been assigned to the DSP of Puttur sub-division in neighbouring Dakshina Kannada district, he added.

On Saturday, police had filed an FIR against SI Arjun Honakere for allegedly harassing KL Punith (22) and forcing him to drink urine in the lock-up. The SI has been booked under relevant sections of IPC and SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Act.

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