“From Saviour to Satan”, not only during this COVID-19 situation, but it has been since ages that we are quite accustomed to police brutality. And this is yet another episode of it.
On Saturday, at the Akkayyapalem area, Visakhapatnam, a police constable maltreated a doctor. Dr. K Sudhakar, who was suspended last month on disciplinary grounds from Narsipatnam government hospital for raising voice that the government was callous in providing enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits and N-95 masks, was being kicked by the police and floored on the road. He tied his hands behind his back and dragged him on the road ruthlessly, half-naked, for reportedly creating inconvenience in public and abusing the state government in an intoxicated condition. The doctor was then taken into custody and was shifted to the police station.
This act was later justified by Visakhapatnam police commissioner RK Meena when he said that the doctor is mentally ill and behaved rudely with the police, “Sudhakar was in a drunken state and he behaved rudely with the police. He snatched the mobile phone from a constable and threw it away. The doctor is suffering from some psychological problems. We have sent him to King George hospital for medical examination. After receiving the medical report, we shall book a case against Sudhakar under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code”.
Although it was reported that the police constable who behaved rudely with the doctor was placed under suspension, pending an inquiry, all condemned the incident saying that it reflected the condition of law and order in the state.
The incident of such bestiality on a bare-chested doctor went viral on social media on Sunday and drew criticism of all people, including the political parties. Varla Ramaiah, TDP politburo member asserted “It was an inhuman treatment meted out to a ‘Dalit’ doctor for questioning the inefficiency of the government. The police and the ruling party leaders are trying to project him as a mentally challenged person to defend their action”.