Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Police got a rap from a local court for booking Colony Number 4 residents for attempt to murder after protest following rape and murder of a four-year-old even when the court observed that there was “no injury dangerous to life to policemen”.
The court pulled up the police while granting bail to two persons, identified as Ajay and Parvesh, who were among the protesters booked by the police for attempt to murder.
While granting bail, the court said: “It is admitted case that no injury dangerous to life or any grievous hurt has been caused to any police official. There are allegations of simple hurt only.”
On April 10 this year, the UT police booked 25 persons of the colony who protested against the police “inaction”after a four-year-old girl had gone missing and later her body was recovered. The police had claimed that the victim was raped before being killed.
Advocate Satinder Singh, who is also MC councillor, said: “Serious offences under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and 395 (dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code were imposed on slum dwellers who were protesting against the rape and death of the child in the colony on April 10. We were raising our voices that imposition of such grievous offences was unjust, illegal and against the facts and circumstances, but senior police officials were hell-bent on imposing these sections only to teach a lesson to the poor for raising their voices.”
Advocate Satinder said the court’s observation had vindicated our argument: “The police officials became vindictive and imposed Section 307 knowingly. There was no need to impose the section even if the police story is believed to be true.”
“Who will give the answer to the accused implicated in the case for the pain and sufferings they are facing for the past more than one month?”questioned Satinder.
The case was registered at the Industrial Area police station after 25 policemen were injured when the protesters threw stones on them near Colony No. 4.
The UT police had registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of lawful guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 341 (wrongful restraint), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code against the protesters.