Police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh on Monday dismissed Gate Hakiman SHO and three other policemen after they were arrested for allegedly beating up another policeman in illegal custody at the behest of a SAD councillor.
A case was registered against SHO inspector Upkar Singh, his gunmen head constables Kulwant Singh, Satpal Singh and Kulwinder Singh besides Ward No 59 councillor Dilbagh Singh at Gate Hakima police station. They, along with eight others, were booked under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act on Sunday night.
The police had allegedly kept head constable Dilbagh Singh in illegal custody for almost two nights and also brutally beat him up.
DGP Sumedh Saini on Monday reached Amritsar and had a meeting with Aulakh and other senior officials.
Giving details, Aulakh said, “We had received a complaint from head constable Dilbagh Singh that he was picked by the Gate Hakima SHO and his three gunmen on August 22 and then on August 23. The head constable was put in the lock-up and beaten up brutally by the SHO in the presence of councillor Dilbagh Singh and a few others.”
Aulakh said, “The head constable organises a fair in the Anngarh locality each year. This time around, the councillor asked him to insert his photograph in the posters for the fair, which the head constable refused to do. According to the complaint, the head constable was also threatened.”
The commissioner said, “Later, the SHO picked the head constable from his house and brutally beat him up. As soon as the matter came to my notice, I ordered the registration of a case and both the SHO and councillor along with 10 others were booked.”
Aulakh said that on the DGP’s orders, he had dismissed the SHO and his three men.
Meanwhile, an injured head Constable Dilbagh Singh, said, “My only fault was that I refused to include the name of the councillor in the poster. The councillor, along with his brothers, came to my place and threatened me. As I was adamant, the SHO picked me and beat me up badly. I have been in police for 14 years and was unfortunately beaten up by my own colleagues in uniform at the behest of a councillor.” He also showed injuries on the legs, feet and waist.
Meanwhile, the commissioner said they had also received a complaint against the head constable for allegedly abusing the councillor.
SAD, BJP cry foul
Claiming that the police had implicated the councilor in a false case, the local SAD and BJP leaders led by BJP secretary Tarun Chugh and district SAD chief Upkar Sandhu reached the office of the police commissioner.
Sandhu alleged that the entire story was concocted. “It was head constable Dilbagh Singh who abused the councillor. The councillor had gone to the police with a complaint against the head constable. The SHO and other cops picked him up and beat him up. There is no role of the councillor in it,” he alleged.
The councillor’s family also accused the police of targeting him. The SAD-BJP leaders who sat at the commissioner’s office claimed that they would not leave the office till the police released the councillor.