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While hearing a petition raising concerns over police behavior during lockdown on Friday, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court asked Nagpur Police to avoid humiliating lockdown violators.
The petition was filed Nagpur resident Sandeep Nair and was being heard by Justice RB Deo. The HC, while saying that the end does not necessarily justify the means, directed Nagpur Police Commissioner Dr BK Upadhyay to ensure no person is made to face any unusual or humiliating punishment by his police force for violating norms related to the lockdown.
The petitioner, through his petition, said that while the police force is doing a commendable job implementing the lockdown, certain instances were a ‘blot’ on the police machinery. The petitioner pointed out that there have been instances where lockdown violators, senior citizens and women, have been made to hold placards with messages like ‘they are an enemy to the society and humanity.’
The court directed Dr Upadhyay to sensitise the police force to ensure that such incidents do that take place. The court ordered, “Should a single such incident is noticed, this court expects the police commissioner to hold the senior officer under whose jurisdiction the incident has occurred, accountable.”