Two policemen allegedly slapped and tore the shirt of a youth named Gurpreet Singh (30) from Tehna village for talking on his cell phone while riding a motorcycle.
The incident later led to a traffic jam for half an hour as many people, including Congress halka incharge of Faridkot constituency Dhanjeet Singh Virk and joint action committee members, protested against the behaviour of the police.
"I was on my bike near Jubilee Cinema Chowk, looking for a relative who had gone missing from home. I got a call regarding the same and took my mobile phone out of my pocket to tell the caller to contact me later. However, two policemen who were standing nearby, signalled me to stop."
He added, "They asked me to park the vehicle but I begged them to let me go as I was in trouble. My repeated requests irritated them and one of them slapped me. When I asked them that they could fine me if they wanted and not slap me, it further infuriated them and they hit me. They began dragging me and made me sit on the motorcycle."
He alleged that the policemen took him about half a kilometre away and used derogatory words, threatening to teach him a lesson at the police station.
He said his aunt saw them near Balmik Chowk and on her intervention, they freed him. "They could have fined me instead of publicly insulting me. All this happened as I belong to an economically backward section of society," he said.
SHO City Narinder Singh, who had also visited the spot, initially refused to accept any complaint against his men.
"I shall stand by my men and no complaint will be entertained against them or they may get demoralised," he said.
However, after the situation became tense, police accepted the complaint. "An inquiry will be conducted and the guilty will face action," said Singh after the protest.