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Tarn Taran case: Govt gives security to 3 petitioners

HT Correpondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 26, 2013
First Published: 13:14 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 22:23 IST(26/3/2013)

In the Tarn Taran police brutality case, the Punjab government on Tuesday informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that complying with court orders, it had provided six cops of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) to the remaining three of the six petitioners.

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The state government also informed the court headed by justice Ranjit Singh that it was ready to spare a section from the 13th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) attached with the state so as to replace CRPF security already deployed with victim Harbinder Kaur's family.

Earlier, the state government had shown its reservation on sparing cops from the 13th CRPF battalion on the grounds that the latter was providing security to VVIPs.

Those who have been provided IRB security are Gurmukh Singh (Harbinder's uncle), Sukhraj Singh (sarpanch of her village, Usma) and Jagjit Singh (the main witness who shot the video when the police thrashed Harbinder and her relatives).

An assistant sub-inspector and seven constables of the CRPF are already protecting the victim's family after the high court directions of March 19.

Harbinder, assaulted by cops in Tarn Taran on March 3 along with her relatives, had approached the high court seeking protection from cops other than those of the state police.

The Supreme Court had also taken suo motu notice of the case when a video recording of the incident was flashed on news channels on March 4.

The case would now come up for hearing on April 2.

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