Mumbai, Oct 18: In a gruesome display of police brutality, two local youth in Mumbai belonging to the minority community were picked up by the patrolling forces and thrashed brutally for hours at the Bandra Police station leaving them unconscious. The victims were suspected to be ‘Pakistani terrorists’ or members of notorious terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS). However, later it was revealed that the teenagers were engineering students studying in Rizvi college and had no links with any tainted organization.Also Read - Mumbai Police Takes Reference From Ranveer Singh's 83 To Remind Citizens of Covid Norms

The incident is of Friday night, when Asif Shaikh and Danish Shaikh were returning back to their home in Mahim from Bandra’s Bhabha hospital. At Bandra reclamation, they were stopped by cops who questioned their identity. Despite the youth stressed they were localites, they were taken into custody. In the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, they were beaten relentlessly for hours by the Bandra Police in the presence of Station House Officer (SHO) Kedar Pawar. (ALSO READ: Ex-Mumbai police chief welcomes train blasts case verdict) Also Read - Information About Possible Bomb Attack in Mumbai Received by Bandra Railway Police, Security Beefed Up

According to the victims, Pawar joined the cops who were thrashing them and said, “Leave this place and return to Pakistan.” However, after a night of beatdown they could not find any linkage of the detained youth with any terrorist organization. Subsequently, their parents were ringed up and informed to take their sons back home. Also Read - Hyderabad Techie Arrested For Making Rape Threat To Virat Kohli's Daughter

The victims were rushed to Bhabha hospital and moved into intensive care unit. The parents stressed on registering a complaint against the police officers for leaving their children in a half-murdered state. Since the police refused to register FIR, they approached the Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmed Javed who has assured an inquiry in the matter.

Noted civil activist Advocate Rahul Dangle has taken up the case of the youth. “Both innocents are just 19 years old. They do not have any criminal background and hail from a good family and locality,” he said while speaking to Times of India. 

“The cops told the victims’ parents that they should say that the public assaulted their children and not the cops. The cops also said they were ready to pay Rs 50,000 or more to the youths and asked the youths not to press the matter further and not to lodge a complaint which will not yield any result,” he added.

The incident validates the fact that state institutions act in a biased manner against members of minority community. According to figures released by Association for Democratic Reforms, 6,182 Muslims are locked up behind the bars against whom no charge sheet has been framed.