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2 cops held for Tarn Taran assault

Aseem Bassi , Hindustan Times  Amritsar , March 11, 2013
First Published: 21:06 IST(11/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:53 IST(11/3/2013)

The Tarn Taran police, on Monday, arrested the two cops they had suspended for ruthlessly assaulting a woman in public at Tarn Taran on March 3.

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Tarn Taran SSP KS Dhillon ordered the arrests of head constable Davinder Kumar and constable Saraj Singh on the basis of an inquiry report submitted to him by an officer of SP rank the same day.

Talking to HT, Dhillon said, "An SP-rank officer initiated an inquiry soon after the incident. The report has found the two cops on the wrong side of the law. Acting on the woman's complaint, an FIR was lodged against two eve-teasers on March 4. Now the two cops have also been indicted in that FIR."

Emphasising that the arrests were solely based on the SP's report, the SSP said the magisterial inquiry ordered by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was still on.

The Tarn Taran police came under the scanner after a video footage of the incident was flashed on news channels on March 4.

As per the victim, Harbrinder Kaur, some taxi drivers outside a marriage palace had teased her, and when she, along with her father and cousin, confronted them, an altercation ensued. She said the police, instead of intervening, started slapping her and hitting her with lathis. She alleged that her father and cousin were also beaten up at the police station later.

However, the police claimed that Harbrinder and her family had misbehaved with them, which led to the incident.

The National SC/ST Commission had recently summoned the district police chief and the deputy commissioner, asking them to lodge an FIR against the cops involved in the assault.

Action comes day after fast-unto-death threat
The arrests of the two policemen have come a day after the victim, Harbrinder Kaur, threatened to go on fast-unto-death from Tuesday if the police did not act against the policemen who assaulted her.

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