Rajasthan: Crown Watchers Assault Trucker in Alwar District

ALWAR: A series of incidents are coming to light where volunteers appointed by district administrations to enforce the blockade find themselves misusing their positions and misbehaving with the public.

In a recent incident in Bansur, a group of volunteers allegedly hit a trucker and also humiliated him.

The team consisted of SDM Rakesh Meena, which was made up of locals and a few NCC cadets who were to be stationed at the checkpoint.

The victim, Balbir Singh, whose hand was fractured due to the assault, said: “They stopped my vehicle and beat me for no reason. They also humiliated me by forcing me to kneel as a form of punishment. I even approached SDM but no action was taken against anyone.

According to sources, a similar incident occurred less than a week ago when a young man was allegedly beaten by similar coronavirus watchers.

Police and district administration have been regularly receiving the help of volunteers in the form of force multipliers to ensure that people follow the closure guidelines established by the Center and the state government.

M L Lather, DG, Law and Order said: “Volunteers are appointed to help the police and local administration maintain the closure and there are certain conditions that must be considered. Although, I am not aware of the incident in Bansur, any team of volunteers must also have a government official as part, which could be a patwari, etc. Furthermore, the use of force is absolutely illegal and no one can take the law into their own hands.

Meanwhile, Alwar District Magistrate Indrajeet Singh said they are investigating the matter and said: We will not tolerate any form of vandalism and action will be taken against the accused if found guilty. For the time being, the volunteer team will be removed from the checkpoint and police personnel will be deployed there.

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