The India’s Inhuman Gunmen

By Gladson Dungdung

11 January, 2010 

Police torture

When the people of the entire world were greeting to each other, bursting crackers and enjoying delicious food on the occasion of the new year 2010, the police of Chhatarpur, Town and Sadar police stations of Palamu district, (which is the most Maoist infested area according to the government and the media reports) in Jharkhand, were very much engaged in humiliating, torturing and beating to Rajendra Yadav of Telaria village (Chhatarpur) alleging him as a Naxalite without any proof, which led to his death. He had been illegally detained in the police custody for more than 60 hours. The police justified it saying, “Since the Maoists had planted landmines on the road therefore Rajendra Yadav was not taken to the court.” Interestingly, the police did not recover any landmine from the spot therefore one can see it as an attempt to bury the inhuman acts of the Indian’s inhuman gunmen. 

According to Dashrath Yadad, the father of Rajendra Yada, his son was taken under the custody by the police of Chhatarpur police station in the morning on December 30, 2009. On the next day, he went to Chhatarpur police station for inquiring about his son and the police told him that his son was sent to the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP). Thereafter, he immediately rushed to the SP’s office where he did not find his son and returned home with the empty hand. On 1st January, Dashrath Yadav came to know about the detention of his son in Town Police station and subsequently, he reached to the police station at 3’O clock in the afternoon. He was shocked to see Rajendra, who was suffering from terrible pain and not even able to speak clearly. Dashrath Yadav went back to home after painful experience. In the early morning on January 2, the police informed him about the death of his son, which was not unexpected. 

The inhuman acts of the police did not end here. The next step of the police was to destroy the evidence of their inhuman acts. The police conducted post-mortem in absence of family members of the deceased. The medical officer of Daltenganj Sadar Hospital, Dr. Ajay Kumar Pathak was either bribed or influenced by the police for preparing a false post-mortem report, which states the cause of death as long illness of Rajendra Yadav rather than torture, beating on ill-treatment in the police stations, which created anger among the people. Since, the villagers were very upset on inhuman acts of the police therefore there was a public outrage against the police. After getting support of the people, the deceased’s family demanded for the re-post-mortem of the dead body, a high level inquiry on the matter and compensation to them.   

Consequently, the Jharkhand government accepted couple of their demands. A team of doctors was constituted for conducting the re-post-mortem. The second post-mortem was conducted in Ranchi. The doctors found injuries in inside and outside of the dead body and reasoned the heavy bleeding as the cause of death. Finally, a criminal case was filed against the police of all the three police stations, who were involved in the inhuman treatment of Rajendra Yadav. The government also constituted a team of inquiry consisting of IAS officer A.N. Pandey and IPS officer Murarilal Meena. Ironically, they did not visit to the village of Rajendra Yadav and returned from the office of Chhatarpur SDO. The reason told was ‘security’. Question is why are these officers paid the public money if they are only concerned about their security? 

Obviously, Rajendra Yadav is not the only one, who has undergone through such inhuman treatments of the India’s legal gunmen but there are hundreds of people undergo through the same kinds of inhuman treatments all most everyday across the country. There are thousands of painful testimonies of rape after rape, torture after torture and killing after killing by the police and security forces, whose role is to protect us, that’s what our legal texts describe. The fact is our legal gunmen are very much indulged in the inhuman acts of rape, torture, killing, bribery, threatening and the list goes on. In fact, the FIRs are not registered easily, fake encounters are organized for self interest and the impunity is always enjoyed by them. One has to bribe to the police in every check post and the police station. Now, the police stations have become the place of ill-treatment, torture, killing, bribery and manipulation. What kind of the national security is this?   

Indeed, the top copes are not different from the small gunmen. We have heard the story of how IG Natrajan repeatedly raped Sushma Baraik an Adivasis women in Ranchi by luring her for a job. We know how the IPS officer Sumit Singh Sani exploited her women colleague and of course we are fully aware about the heartbreaking inhuman acts of former Haryana DGP, SPS Rathore. In fact, everyone is aware about the inhuman acts of the former DIG of Rajasthan Madhukar Tondon, Narendra Modi’s top cope Banjara and there is a long list of our top copes, who are very much indulged in the inhuman acts. Many reports suggest that the women were raped, innocent were tortured and many lost their lives due to inhuman acts of the India’s legal gunmen, which is much more than the people who lost their lives in the Naxal violence. Of course, one should not justify the Naxal violence. However, our text books teach us that the police are to protect us and maintain law and order, which is partly true therefore our children should be also taught about the inhuman acts of the police and security forces so that they would be always prepared to face them. 

Needless to say that the women are raped, poor are tortured and many innocent people are killed in the name of the national security. Therefore, the corporate home minister P. Chidambaram must respond us before going for the second phase of the operation green hunt in the state of Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhatisgarh that why his gunmen are so inhuman? Can he give us the guarantee of security by these inhuman legal gunmen? Do the training procedures destroy humanity of these gunmen? Why doesn’t he go for a debate in the Indian parliament to find out the procedures to make these inhuman gunmen to human ones? And will he start operation red hunt against his inhuman gunmen to right their wrongs or will he allow them to enjoy the impunity as they have been enjoying for the decades?  Perhaps, if we don’t respond these questions now, the humiliation, ill-treatment, torture, rape and killing of thousands of Rajendras by these inhuman gunmen of India will continue in the name of the national security.

Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist and Writer from Jharkhand. He can be reached at

10 thoughts on “The India’s Inhuman Gunmen”

  1. I have gone through your write up. You have highlighted very misery story of innocent Rajendra Yadav. Each and every like person like you should come forward to highlight this kind inhumanity by our security / police personnel. Good efforts towards well being of human being.

    Thanking you.

    Mahendra Purty

  2. Da… I was crestfallen after reading the story. Indeed you have highlighted the grim reality of our locality. The same things happen in our Sambalpur, Balangir area as well.

    Jayadev Kar
    MSW, student, Sambalpur University

  3. yes, we all know the rampant corruption in each & every strata of our life, we have become so subdued that it doesn’t arouse us unless & until it effects us. we read such stories everyday in newspaper, but hardly we react, this becomes just another news & followup’s for us.

    we ourself try to corrupt the authorities to get something in our favors, although unwilling.

    we all are aware of such atrocities around us but hardly react.

    Well written & very informative.

    sanjeev k mallik

  4. Your article highlights the dangerous and deplorable sate of mind of the Indian police force, out to turn us into a bannana republic. I hope things change for the better and sane voices like yours are heard.

  5. You are doing a great job sir. these things must be exposed. these are not sporadic thing rather this is the character of the state and ruling elite. lately i was in Jharkhand but failed to meet you.

  6. Dear Gladson

    I went through the article Thankyou for immidiate responding by writing an article on inhuman acts of policemen. This kind of article may be helpfull for sensetinzation of our society.

    sincerlely yours

    Xavier Kujur

  7. What Gladson is reporting is shocking and indicates the dire need for police reforms. Any unchecked power is bound to be abused. Often draconian laws coupled with unchecked power lead to gross violation of human rights as being reported. No civil society will support Naxalism but for God sake don’t kill and torture innocent people in the name of national security. These are our own brethren countrymen. This ways we will only create more unrest in the country and more naxals will be born. The need is to increase involvement of common people in the Government’s developmental and social empowerment schemes to win the trust of people in governance. If people are terrorised, you will only alienate them from the system of governance being practiced.

    Wake up before it is too late. People’s movement can’t be curbed by bullets. And these movements are not separatist in nature but for seeking their basic rights – right to life! Are we not bound by our Constitution to provide these rights to all citizens of India?

    Warm regards,

    Subhash Chandra Vashishth
    Mobile: +91 (11) 9811125521

  8. Instances like these should not shock us who are old enough to have felt that there is two clear divide……The rulers and the ruled…
    Some people from general public may feel that they have become independent and the rulers dont exist , but they have to rethink and see the present day scene.
    What ever Gladson has reported here is at the lowest level of ruling class…but talk to the higher officers …who are getting more than Rs 1 lac per month with siren, red light big cars , AC ban glows…. they will justify it, if proofs or some conscious citizen dont pursue the matter.
    The common language I find in the upper class ( administration) is that ” these people are like this only and one has to be very firm with them”
    A common person is still referred as these people !! I dont feel that Britishers have completely left our nation….They put behind ‘Black Angrej s’ who now are ruling the country.
    Look into the eyes of any police man, administrative person, people representative…and you will feel the difference….try to make them realise that we all are equal …and then you may know the deference..

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