Police from Behror town of Alwar district, Rajasthan paraded some criminals in semi nude state with the objective to instill fear in them. Thirteen men accused of helping a Haryana gangster flee from a police station lock-up in Behror were arrested by Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan police. They were paraded in a semi-naked state by the police for about 2 kilometres on the streets of Alwar city on September 22, Sunday.
The men are alleged to have fired at the Behror police station on September 6 and had, allegedly, helped the Haryana gangster Vikram Gurjar alias Papla in escaping.
A video of the parading incident that went viral on Sunday, showed that the gangsters taken out in their undergarments were hand-cuffed and made to walk in the crowded marketplace. The men were surrounded by about 150 armed policemen of SOG team and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) while being paraded on the streets.
Reports state that the Alwar police had faced a lot of criticism after the September 6 incident. The officials said that the parade was just to reconstruct the crime scene.
Reports suggest that, three vehicles screeched to a halt outside the Behror police station, 13 people reportedly, armed with AK-47, jumped out of the vehicles firing nearly 40 rounds at the police station on September 6. The attackers stormed into the police station and escaped the spot with Papla Gurjar. The policemen were reportedly hiding during the attack, which gave a clear path to the criminals to escape easily.
The SOG is investigating the case and 20 accused have been arrested in this case so far. Of them, 13 were involved in attacking, firing and helping Papla flee along with them while the rest seven accused had helped Papla at different places after he had escaped from the police station. A reward of Rs. 50,000 was declared on the 13 accused who were paraded. While, Papla is still at large. The police station officials had to bear the brunt, in the aftermath, for the clear escape of the criminals with Papla. Behror SHO along with Dy. Superintendent of Police (SP) and two head constables were suspended, 69 more policemen faced stringent action for the ‘Bollywood style’ escape of Papla.
Papla was detained for questioning at Behror police station on September 6 after cops intercepted his SUV during patrolling. An amount of Rs. 31.90 lakh was seized and he was taken into custody for further interrogation. He was taken to the police station and was being questioned, when about 13 men barged into the premises and, reportedly, opened indiscriminate firing. They then managed to flee with Papla.
Papla, who is from Mahendragarh in neighbouring Haryana, is wanted in five murder cases and according to reports; there was a bounty of Rs. 5 lakh on him. Meanwhile, in October 2017, Papla’s gang members managed to free him after opening fire, in a similar manner, at Mahendragarh Court premises when he had to appear before the court. A hunt was on for him since then.