A resident of Khanh Hoa Province has asked local authorities to prosecute two traffic police officers who he said beat and severely injured him for driving a motorbike without a helmet.
Huynh Tan Nam, 21, said in his petition that he was beaten by officers Vu Van Duy and Nguyen Trong Hieu on the street on April 24 and could only make the complaint now after recovering from grievous injuries, Vnexpress reported Friday.
Nam said the police were driving a motorbike and Hieu, riding pillion, assaulted him with a cub on his shoulders and the back of his neck, making him fall unconscious.
Eyewitnesses said the police then stepped down, kicked him further and left him lying on the street.
Doctors at Khanh Hoa Health Department said Nam suffered 77 percent permanent injuries. His head and face suffered multiple injuries and fractures, they said.
His condition was critical and local doctors had to transfer him to four different hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City.
Earlier, Duy and Hieu only admitted to chasing Nam as he was not wearing the helmet. They denied having beaten him.
Wearing a crash helmet when driving motorbikes has been compulsory in Vietnam since December 15, 2007.