Two cousins residing in Bhalowali village under Ghiana Ke Banger police station have alleged torture at the hands of police during questioning in a theft case.
Batala SSP Tulsi Ram marked an inquiry in the matter to Fatehgarh Churian DSP Kirpal Singh after Qadian's Congress MLA Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa presented the two youths, Gurpreet Singh and his namesake cousin, before the police officer.
Gurpreet's father Niranjan Singh said that his son and his nephew were summoned by Ghiana Ke Banger police for questioning in a theft case. On Monday evening, he claimed, his brother Surjeet Singh took both to the police station, where SHO Harsandeep Singh started assaulting the youths.
When both claimed ignorance of any theft, the SHO and other policemen allegedly inflicted third degree torture on them, Niranjan added.
In view of the poor condition of the two youths, their kin brought the matter to the notice of Bajwa on Tuesday, who went to the police station and got them freed.
Both youths were taken to the civil hospital at Fatehgarh Churian, from where they were referred to Amritsar in view of their "serious condition".
Seeking strict action against the SHO, Bajwa demanded constitution of a medical board to examine the two cousins who fell "victims to police brutality".
When contacted, SHO Harsandeep Singh maintained that both youths were called by police for questioning in a theft case but were sent back thereafter.