The name of a Youth Akali Dal leader has figured in the case wherein a Sangrur man was allegedly brutalised inside the lock-up following which he had to be hospitalised.
Three cops have been dismissed and two suspended for allegedly subjecting the victim, identified as Manga Singh, a Dalit, to inhuman torture.
Those sacked include head constable Bhola Singh and two homeguard jawans Iqbal Khan and Gurjant Singh. The trio had picked up Manga rom his meat shop on allegations that he sells liquor illegally.
Sanjay Sharma, general secretary of district YAD, took the police team to Manga’s shop. He has also been booked. Sanjay is member of the police advisory committee --- a panel formed to advice cops on dealing with public. He is working as a manager with a wine contractor and has been accused of “unleashing terror by conducting illegal raids” with the help of these cops.
Manga was taken to the Sangrur city police station where the accused cops at the behest of Sanjay, reportedly injected petrol and forced a wooden stick into his private parts. Later, the profusely bleeding victim was taken to the civil hospital from where he was shifted to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. He is in state of shock, said doctors.
Those suspended are station house officer Jatinder Pal Singh and munshi Jaswant Singh.
Sangrur senior superintendent of police Prithpal Singh Thind said a case has been registered against Sanjay, who is on the run. “Sanjay and dismissed cops tortured Manga,” said the SSP, adding that police is conducting raids to nab the accused.
On Thursday, Patiala Range deputy inspector general of police Balkar Singh Sidhu visited the victim at the hospital.
While Sidhu was addressing the media, another man Naresh Kumar appeared on the scene saying that he too was tortured by Sangrur police in the same manner.
Naresh alleged that cops had sought a bribe of Rs 20,000 from him. However, when he refused to pay the amount, police allegedly thrashed him mercilessly and injected petrol in his veins. Naresh claimed he was set free after his family paid a bribe of Rs 12,000.
Surinder Pal Singh Sibia, vice-president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, has started an indefinite hunger strike demanding a first information report against SHO Jatinder Pal Singh and suspension of SSP Thind.
Punjab human rights commission member Baljinder Singh Thakur asked the authorities to take exemplary action in the matter.
Manga facing 7 FIRs
The complainant in the case, Manga Singh, is also a notorious liquor smuggler. He is facing seven FIRs in different police stations for selling liquor. “He is facing several cases and is a habitual offender. But this doesn’t mean that he should be tortured,” said the SSP.
SC panel summons Patiala IG, Sangrur DC
Taking strong notice of the alleged police torture of a Dalit in Sangrur, Dr Raj Kumar Verka, vice-chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, has summoned the Sangrur deputy commissioner, Patiala IG and Sangrur SSP on January 2 at Circuit House, Patiala.
Verka said that he would visit the victim at the Rajindra Hospital. .He asked Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal to fix responsibility of higher officials in such cases. and demanded suspension of the SSP. Vrka claimed that cases of Dalit persecution are being reported on a daily basis in the constituencies represented by the chief minister and other SAD leaders.