HYDERABAD: Telangana high court on Wednesday asked Hyderabad police officials why it had booked a disproportionally high number of Muslims for violating lockdown rules. "Does it mean that there are no violators from other communities?" a bench of Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijaysen
asked while hearing a PIL on
alleged police excesses
during the national lockdown.
The judges also said, "Look at what is happening in the US where an African-American was killed by the
and the entire country is now burning." The bench felt that the approach of the police towards minorities was high-handed.
Social activist Sheela Sarah Mathews, who filed the PIL, narrated a series of incidents where the police have been accused of treating Muslims badly which resulted in severe injuries.
cited the case of Junaid, who had to undergo got 35 stitches on his face after cops beat him up. Junaid was supplying food to migrant workers and some cops when he was stopped by a constable.
The bench rejected the police counter saying it did not contain a single statement of the victims.
In another case,
, who went to fetch groceries, fell from the top of a building and both his legs were broken. This was because people ran to a nearby under-construction building after police began lathicharge.
"Why are the victims in all these cases are Muslims?" the bench wondered. Asking the DGP to take action, it said: "Deal with delinquent cops in a stern manner and file a fresh affidavit by June 29."