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Wrong to hit woman: Saini

IANS  Chandigarh, March 05, 2013
First Published: 20:27 IST(5/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(6/3/2013)

On the defensive after its personnel were caught on camera thrashing a young woman in public in Tarn Taran district, Punjab Police on Tuesday said that it was "examining all evidence" of the incident.

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Punjab Police director general of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini told media here: "Whatever the facts may be, whatever the provocation, it was wrong to raise a hand or lathi (cane baton) on a lady."

Saini said two police personnel, seen in the video hitting the young woman on Sunday, would remain under suspension till the magisterial inquiry ordered by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was completed.

Defending the police personnel, Saini said that "they also have their point of view".

"The fight was between two groups and police had responded to that. There are different versions to the incident. We are examining them," he said.

The young woman, who was slapped, pushed, abused and hit with a baton by policemen in uniform demanded strict punishment for her tormenters.

"I have been humiliated and beaten in public by them. Why is the chief minister not coming to my rescue now," the victim asked on Tuesday.

Four to five police personnel were caught on camera assaulting the victim and her father after she reportedly complained to police against some taxi and truck drivers harassing her near a marriage venue.

The policemen also beat up her father and pushed him to the ground. His turban was also thrown away.

The incident was recorded by a bystander on his mobile phone Sunday and was aired by TV news channels.

Badal directed the Tarn Taran district magistrate to ascertain the causes and circumstances which led to the incident and submit the inquiry report within three weeks.

Badal said: "This was an unpardonable offence and anyone connected with this grave crime, howsoever influential he may be, would not be spared and brought to book as per the law of the land."

The DGP on Monday suspended two policemen seen in the video.

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