Shillong, Aug 11 (IANS): A Meghalaya Police battalion instructor was removed from duty after he made two recruit constables drink the urine of fellow trainees, police here said. The State government on Saturday said strong action will be taken against the accused, if found guilty.
"This kind of inhuman punishment is not allowed to be taken by anyone whether in the police force or anywhere," Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh told IANS.
On Sunday, Pradip Borah, an instructor in the 2nd Meghalaya Police Battalion in Goeragre in West Garo Hills district allegedly forced two recruit constables to drink the urine of fellow trainees, after the duo fought with another recruit during lunch at a community kitchen. Goeragre is around 300 km from here.
"The battalion commandant is conducting an inquiry to ascertain the exact cause of the incident. If the instructor is found guilty, we would surely take stern action against him," the Home Minister said.
Borah asked three recruits to urinate in bottles and forced the two recruits to drink it in the presence of 600 constables during the night roll call, a police official said.
Taking suo moto action, Meghalaya Police authorities have replaced Borah and sought an explanation from him regarding the incident. "This sort of punishment is unacceptable. He could have punished them with an extra drill," N Rajamarthandan, commandant of 2nd Meghalaya Police battalion said.