A car driver was subjected to brutal, third degree torture by police, at Ongole in Prakasam district. The driver, Venkateswarlu, was hired by a trader. Both got down at night to have a meal in a wayside hotel. When they returned to the car, the trader found gold weighing two kgs and Rs. 2 lakh cash missing from the car. He lodged a complaint with Ongole One Town police, who took Venkateswarlu in to custody and subjected him to brutal torture for three three. When they realised that the actual thief was not him, they left him under the care of an RMP and left with just a 'sorry.' The victim is lying in Nellore Hospital in a serious condition.