Casteist abuse case: SIT finds assistant professor ‘guilty’

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2015 19:23 IST

In the case of ‘casteist abuse’ to a medical student by faculty member of Rajindra medical college, the special investigation team (SIT) has found the doctor him ‘guilty’ in their investigation for allegedly abusing derogatory language in the class to a MBBS student. SIT has recorded statements more than 18 students of the class who were present on the spot. With the statements the SIT claimed to have established the allegations leveled against the Dr Harsimran Singh assistant professor of Patiala medical college.

However, the special investigation team (SIT) was constituted soon after the first information report (FIR) registered against Dr Harsimran Singh in 2013, whereas recently the SIT had concluded their report against the accused faculty member of medical college.

SIT headed by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Chand Singh said that they had conducted a thorough probe into the matter and all the statements had been recorded again to verify the facts. “We have carefully investigated the case so that all the angles should be covered because the case was very sensitive”, he added.

While confirming the development DSP said that in the investigation it has come fore that the faculty member Dr Harsimran Singh was at fault and the report sent to concerned police station for the further proceedings in the case.

A police officer who was investigating the case said that after receiving the report the police have prepared the challan against the Dr Harsimran Singh that was likely to produce in court. While sharing the contents of the challan, he said that the police had considered the SIT report, enquiry report conducted by the college authorities and the statements of students who witnessed the incident.

What was the case

On 9 March 2013 in the new final eye class taken by assistant professor Dr Harsimran Singh, who was taking the attendance randomly announced the roll number 18, but the complainant MBBS student Anmolpreet Singh resident of Jalandhar raised his hand by mistake as his roll number was 80. This triggered the incident, when accused faculty member started asking him about his PMT rank and category and started passing ‘casteist remarks’ at a student. Following the incident the student lodged a complaint against the faculty member. Raj Kumar Verka, vice-chairman of the commission, who probed the complaint by an MBBS student and recommended the registration of FIR against faculty member. Following the incident the police have registered the case on 29 March, 2013.

Complainant Anmolpreet Singh said that the police had repeatedly called him to record the statements at civil line police station. He added that he will continue his fight for the justice as faculty member humiliated him in the class.

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