Car bomb blast case accused allege torture by Ludhiana cops

  • Aneesha Sareen, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 26, 2016 22:52 IST

The three Jalandhar car bomb blast case accused, who are in the custody of the Ludhiana police, on Friday alleged torture at the hands of cops.

“They (police) are desperately trying to slap murder cases on us. We are being thrashed badly,” said Hardeep Singh, one of the accused, showing injuries on his knee. Hardeep, who was brought to a local court, also hinted that anger was brewing in the Namdhari community at Sirsa over “atrocities being committed on them in police custody.”

The Sirsa faction of Namdharis is headed by Thakur Dalip Singh, the estranged brother of the current sect head at Bhaini Sahib Satguru Uday Singh.

“We were arrested in January after being falsely implicated in the Jalandhar bomb blast case. Ludhiana cops, who brought us here four days back, have been asking us if we have any clue about the killers of Namdhari matriarch Chand Kaur,” said Hardeep.

“But they (cops) have not bothered to enter Bhaini Sahib where the killers are hiding,” he alleged.

On April 17, the Ludhiana police had procured the production warrants of Jagmohan Singh of Gadaipur, Harbhej Singh of Sirsa, and Hardeep Singh of Bholath to look into their alleged role in the murder of a woman in Ludhiana in September last year.

Police have so far failed to solve the gruesome murder of Chand Kaur.

Confusion after court order

As the court sent the three Jalandhar bomb blast accused to judicial custody on Friday, cops proceeded to take the three accused to the Ludhiana jail, triggering outrage among the Namdhari supporters present in the court. They said the three accused should be sent to Kapurthala jail. “We do not want to go to Ludhiana jail, police will torture us there,” said Jagmohan, an accused. It was later clarified by the court that the accused should be sent to Kapurthala jail.

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