Two Beitbridge-based police detectives were reportedly bashed by recently deployed army commandos while tracking suspects believed to be stealing from haulage trucks.
Two police officers, Detective Sergeant Albert Gonye and Detective Constable Kurai Marongere of the Criminal Investigations Department, sustained injuries following the assault.
Gonye and Marongere were allegedly held for 13 hours at Beitbridge Police Station without charge.
While the officer commanding the Beitbridge Police District, Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo denied that such an incident ever happened, NewsDay claims to be in possession of a letter written by the two detectives’ lawyers, demanding to know why the pair were assaulted and detained.
In a letter copied to Nyongo district area prosecutors and the officer in charge of Beitbridge police, lawyer Jabulani Mzinyathi of Garikai and the company’s law firm wrote:
Their arrest and subsequent detention were unlawful because no charges were brought against them.
The group of soldiers, led by an army major and a captain, reportedly assaulted and disarmed the detectives before deflating the tyres of their vehicles.
The two police officers were only released after Gonye demanded that he need to be treated for injuries he had sustained when he was pushed against some objects.
Source | NewsDay