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During Sukhbir's Amritsar visit, riot victim accuses police of manhandling her

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, February 20, 2014
First Published: 23:03 IST(20/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:09 IST(21/2/2014)

Minutes after Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal took a dig against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on anti-Sikh riots, the Amritsar police allegedly manhandled a woman claiming to be a riot victim during a function here.

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The woman, who was reportedly approaching the deputy chief minister to raise the issue of riot victims, was stopped midway by Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and ADCP (city-1) Parampal Singh and other police personnel.

As the agitated woman tried to move forward, the police allegedly pushed her back. Angry, the woman retaliated by pushing the ADCP and other police personnel. The woman, who identified herself as Gurdeep Kaur and claimed to be the president of the Istri wing of 1984 Danga Peerit Welfare Society, was heard shouting at the police officers, "How dare you touch me".

Later, more police personnel intervened and the woman was taken away from the spot. However, no lady police constable was seen frisking away the woman. The woman lashed out at the Amritsar police commissioner. "Is this police force going to serve Punjab that pushes woman?"

Later, talking to mediapersons, she said, "I am a riot victim and had come from Ludhiana. I wanted to take up some issues with Sukhbir Badal but I was not allowed to do so." When the woman approached towards the deputy CM's vehicle, there were hardly any police personnel around. The police commissioner and the ADCP (city 1) were seen stopping her.

"The woman approached us and said she wanted to meet the deputy CM. We told her that this was not possible as he had to go to attend another function. As soon as the Deputy CM sat in the car, she came from behind and tried to move towards the vehicle. She even pushed our woman constables and other police personnel."

"Later I and another officer (ADCP City 1) tried to stop her. There was no question of manhandling her. Why would we do that? Rather it was she who pushed us. It is our duty to stop anyone approaching the vehicle of a protected VIP. The allegations of manhandling are baseless. We will not tolerate such things in future also."

Gurdeep Kaur, the victim, said, "The office-bearers of our organisation had taken appointment from the deputy CM's personal assistant to meet him after the rally." "As the police officials on duty did not allow us to approach him on the stage, we waited for him to finish his speech. Thereafter, he got down and sat in his car. When we tried to approach him, the police commissioner and other police officials were rude to us and manhandled me. This is quite shameful on their part," she said. "I will now approach the chief minister and the deputy CM and demand action against Aulakh (Amritsar police commissioner)," she further said.

HOW IT UNFOLDED
The woman, who identified herself as Gurdeep Kaur of Ludhiana and as president of Istri wing of 1984 Danga Peerit Welfare Society, moved towards deputy CM's vehicle
No lady police constable was seen around and police commissioner and ADCP (city 1) stopped her midway
As she tried to move forward, the police allegedly pushed her back to which she retaliated angrily by pushing the ADCP and others.

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