A Dalit man and wife were reportedly stripped by the police in Greater Noida in Gautam Budh Nagar on Thursday after they insisted on registering an FIR for alleged robbery.
According to a report, Sunil Gautam was robbed by miscreants on Wednesday night near Atta in Noida. He went to Dankaur police station in Greater Noida on Thursday to register an FIR along with his wife and baby.
The police, however, refused to file a complaint. The couple then staged a protest outside the police station alleging inaction on part of the men in khaki. Irked by this, the policemen allegedly beat up the couple and tore off their clothes.
Hindi daily Haribhoomi shared the pictures of the alleged incident on Facebook. A purported video of the incident involving the Dalits is also doing its rounds on social media. [Watch the viral video shared on Facebook here]
The daily, citing the Dalit couple, reported that the station house officer (SHO), instead of listening to the couple, misbehaved with them and later tore their clothes on the street.
The report also said that the police, following the incident, arrested five people, including three women under IPC Sections 307, 232, 323, 147, 148, 353, 294, 394. However, it was not known if the couple were among those booked in the case.
After the video of the incident raked up a major storm on social media, the UP government under chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has now accused the dalit victims of having orchestrated the incident.
An official Twitter account belonging to the Government of UP quoting the Superintendent of Police of the Noida area said: "Noida police is in possession of the alleged video of the alleged stripping; it clearly seen the accused disrobes/others.The witnesses present at the incident also corroborate the same; the video is circulated to undermine the efforts of the police."