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SSP accuser held for charging at scribe amid high drama

chandigarh Updated: Oct 30, 2012 00:01 IST
HT Correspondent

High drama prevailed for almost an hour at the Chandigarh Press Club in Sector 27, when a Ludhiana-based woman attempted to attack a press correspondent. The woman had called the press purportedly to prove her charges that she had earlier leveled against UT SSP Naunihal Singh of nursing intentions to eliminate her.

The woman, Harjit Kaur had earlier moved the Punjab and Haryana high court, accusing SSP Naunihal of molestation and rape when he was the police chief at Sangrur. The SSP was given a clean chit in the matter in August, after the Punjab government informed the court that the petitioner had failed to prove her allegations.

Addressing the presspersons, the woman flared up as some reporters questioned her about the CD that she had announced she would showcase to substantiate her allegations against the UT SSP. As another reporter made a similar demand, she accused him of being insensitive towards the plight of a woman.

Dissatisfied with and unconvinced by the woman's reaction, the reporter raised his demand for the CD again. His insistence evoked a hostile response, as Harjit left the dais and rushed menacingly towards the reporter. She was, however, prevented by other reporters.

Soon after, the aggrieved reporter called the police. As the Sector 19 SHO Harjit Kaur and Sector 26 SHO Anokh Singh reached the venue along with women constables and asked her to accompany them, the woman started shouting at the cops while claiming that she was not a criminal. She even threatened the police that she would do something to herself, if they came any closer.

The woman kept alleging that the police wanted to torture her and insisted hat her statement be taken at the venue itself. However, the police took her to the Sector 26 police station and recorded her statement. In the evening, the SHO said they were waiting for her relative, as it wasn't safe to leave her alone.

'I'll move Supreme Court'
Expressing apprehensions of being eliminated or being fixed by UT SSP Naunihal Singh, the woman said she is moving the Supreme Court. She added that her initial petition before the apex court was for police protection, but now she would seek registration of case against him. She also demanded a probe into the inaction by the Punjab DGP on her complaint. Flashing two mobile phone numbers before the media, she claimed the callers had offered her Rs 50,000 for the CDs and tried to dissuade her from holding the conference. She even claimed that a close aide of the SSP and a cop had visited her residence in Khanna to prevent her from holding the press conference.

Probe ordered
Reacting to the press conference, official spokesman of Punjab police informed that they have ordered ADGP Crime to club all the complaints of petitioner Jagjit Kaur and get them probed thoroughly from an IG rank officer of the crime branch within four weeks.