Multiple incidents of police brutality have been reported in Madhya Pradesh, but reports of the recent spike in such events cannot be verified.
Lawyer Deepak Bundele was beaten up brutally by the Madhya Pradesh police on March 23, while he was on his way to a government hospital for treatment. A month later, he was under pressure from the police to withdraw his complaint. Police officials told Bundele that he was beaten up because they had wrongly identified him as a Muslim man due to his beard.
According to ASP-Jabalpur Sanjiv Uikey, the six policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI), a head constable and four constables have been suspended. The suspension is for brutality during the ongoing lockdown, which has led to the death of a 50-year-old farmer Banshi Kushwah in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh. This incident occurred in April 2020.
There have been a few recent incidents of police brutality in the state of Madhya Pradesh. However, there are no compiled statistical pieces of evidence to show an upward tick in the number of police brutality cases in the state.