Cops in Uttar Pradesh have been caught on camera kicking, slapping and using canes to hit a group of women who were protesting against the death of two men in an accident in the Rasoolpur area of Firozabad.
The cops, led by Shriprakash Yadav, the station house officer of the Rasoolpur police station, are seen brutally thrashing the women. On camera, Mr. Yadav hits a woman with a cane causing her to lose her balance and fall backwards.
The women were protesting against the death of two labourers in a collision last night between their minivan and a truck. They blocked the highway between Lucknow and Agra demanding the arrest of the truck driver.
No action has been taken yet against the cops caught on camera assaulting the women. The Congress has demanded that the Akhilesh Yadav government order an investigation.
“The situation is very bad in UP. The police let off those responsible for the accident and they lathi-charged the women…Even the police and administration seem like they are Samajwadi Party workers,” said Congress leader, Raj Babbar.
There have been other incidents of police highhandedness being caught on camera in UP. Rival parties accuse the Samajwadi Party government and its young chief minister Mr. Yadav of a complete breakdown of law and order in the state.