New Delhi, May 21: A cop, who had been patrolling the Kirti Nagar area in the national capital, was beaten up by a group of men and women for asking them not to consume liquor in public. One of the accused men, a handicapped, thrashed the cop with his crutches which made him unconscious.

The cop, identified as constable Ram Swaroop, was saved after two of his students recognised him as their trainer at Yuva scheme of Delhi Police, and saved him. Swaroop was immediately admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for treatment. The group included two men and two women.

The incident was reported from the Kirti Nagar area on Friday night when the constable spotted a few men and women consuming alcohol in public. When Ram Swaroop saw the men and women standing near a toilet, consuming alcohol and talking loudly, he approached them and asked them not to drink in public.

“A few elderly men passing by commented on their behaviour, but the men refused to pay any heed. I asked them to stop and when they refused I told them to go to their houses and drink,” Swaroop told Times of India.

First, the men abused Swaroop. “The men were heavily drunk. When I told them to leave the place sternly, the handicapped man swung his crutches at me and it hit my neck after which I fell,” he said. The men then started thrashing the cop. Seeing which, the women gathered and joined the men in beating him up.

The cop was saved when two teenagers saw the men and women beating up the cop. Am FIR under relevant sections of IPC has been registered. The accused, identified as 37-year-old Vikram, Bharat, 24-year-old Bhagyashree and 34-year-old Santosh, have been arrested.