Bengaluru police accused of manhandling people at pro-Palestine awareness event

One of the students said that a person at the event was trashed by the police without being given any valid reason.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 02, 2024 | 9:08 PM Updated Jun 02, 2024 | 9:08 PM

Bengaluru cops accused of manhandling pro Palestine group

Several people, including students, were detained on Sunday, 2 June in Bengaluru for trying to create awareness about the ongoing tragedy in Palestine. People present at the event have also accused the police officials of manhandling people.

This took place at Bengaluru’s Frazer Town, where Pulikeshinagar PS detained about 15 people for gathering without getting prior permission. While police officials have said that women police constables were present at the scene when women were detained, sources that South First spoke to said that that wasn’t the case.

“At least 15 people including five women have been detained for holding a pro-Palestine awareness event in Frazer Town. Detained people were manhandled by the police and no women police constables were present while taking women into preventive custody,” people from the protest said.

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DCP East Kuldeep Kumar Jain, speaking to South First, confirmed that they detained people for holding the event without prior permission but denied allegations that no women cops was present at the scene.

He said, “We have detained several people for holding an awareness event without prior permission. One needs to take the concerned police’s nod before holding such events.”

He further said, “We will release them after finishing the procedures. There were women police constables as well while detaining them. I will look into the allegations of manhandling by the cops,” said the DCP while assuring that the detained people would be released in an hour.

Aquilin, one of the students who participated in the event held to create awareness about the human tragedy in Palestine told South First: “We were gathered before a tea shop when police (officer) in civilian dress started questioning us. A group of civilians from different localities had gathered to create awareness about the latest atrocities happening in Palestine.”

“We had held similar awareness events in different localities. We were not holding any protest, it was only confined to creating awareness among people,” she said, alleging the cops started filming the people present when they did not respond to the questions.

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Several policemen misbehaved with women and students, she said, while claiming that a person from the event was “trashed by the police without giving any valid reason.”

Aquilin also confirmed what others from the site told South First. She said there were no women constables when women were being detained but that they showed up at the spot later.

“When I went to question the police, they tried to detain me as well. However, I fled from the police station,” elaborated Aquilin.

(Edited by Neena)