A Sikh student Gursimar Setia has alleged that he was assaulted by UP police personnel in Agra. He further accused the police of verbally abusing and attacking his articles of faith. This incident took place on the evening of 6 June.
Setia studies at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. He claimed that the incident took place at 7.40 PM at Sanjay Place in Agra. He added that he came at that place with his friend to withdraw cash.
“Seeing two men, the police began harassing us….ASP Saurabh Dixit started verbally abusing me after seeing that I had long hair tied in a bun,” Setia claimed on Twitter.
Setia further claims that he was asked for his identity cards and upon seeing him being Sikh he was abused. Moreover, Dixit, “proceeded to physically assault” him and even pulled his hair, claims Setia. He added that even his friend was assaulted by the police.
Setia tweeted that his friend rushed to help him, but his friend was beaten up too.
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“When I told him that he had outraged my religious sentiments and that I had taken note of his name from the badge he was wearing, he told me he is IPS and there is nothing I can do about it,” Setia wrote on Twitter.
The Quint reported, upon reaching to Saurabh Dixit, the Agra Police Headquarters, and the Superintendent of Police for a response.
As per the reports, all allegations were baseless, as told by Dixit to The Quint.
The Quint further reported that an inquiry is being conducted by a senior police officer regarding this case.
Later on Sunday, Setia put out a statement saying that ASP Dixit has apologised for the incident following the intervention of senior officials.
“My statement concerning the incident that occurred yesterday. I would like to thank SSP Agra @IpsBablooKumar @agrapolice for their prompt response,” wrote Setia.