Beaten with boots, injury in spine, denied water: Arnab’s habeas corpus application alleges brutal torture by Maha police

According to habeas corpus filed by the lawyers of Arnab Goswami in court, the journalist was made to go through severe torture after he was dragged out of his house by Maharashtra police in wee hours of Wednesday.

As per the document, Arnab was kicked by boots of heavily uniformed cops, was denied access to water and was forced to drink some unknown substance which choked him. As per the lawyers, Arnab has also suffered a 6-inch-deep gash on his left hand, serious injury to the spine, vein injuries and was not allowed to wear shoes.

“During the course of his arrest and while being transferred to Alibaug in a police van and in the custody of the police, the Petitioner suffered a 6-inch-deep gash on his left hand, a serious injury to his spinal cord, was hit by a heavy uniform police officer’s boot, was not allowed to wear shoes throughout, suffered vein injuries and was not even given access to drinking water. Additionally, the Petitioner was also forced to consume certain liquid by the police officers guarding him and choked as a result thereof,” says the Habeas Corpus application.

Arnab Goswami through his lawyers has sought relief in the form of bail and interim protection from Bombay High Court.

Arnab was picked up from his residence on Wednesday early morning by Raigadh police of Maharashtra in connection to a 2018 abetment of suicide case wherein he along with two others was held responsible for the death interior designer Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik. Goswami had allegedly denied to make rightful payments to Naik after availing his services. Even though the case was previously closed after no conclusive evidence could be established to prove the abetment angle.

The case has recently been reopened in the backdrop of a public spat involving Goswami, Maharashtra Government and Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. This has led to widespread mass perception that the actions against the journalist are politically motivated.