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Shoe-hurling case: Phoolka writes to NHRC

HT Correspondent  Ludhiana, September 03, 2014
First Published: 00:05 IST(3/9/2014) | Last Updated: 00:06 IST(3/9/2014)

Senior AAP leader and Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka on Tuesday said the detention of Bikram of Dhanaula, who had recently hurled a shoe at the chief minister, was a gross human rights violation.

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He claimed that it was an attempt by the SAD government to terrorise the unemployed youth and muffle the voice of people.

In a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission, Phoolka appealed it to intervene and hold an independent investigation and also take strict action against the police officials responsible for this besides securing the release of Bikram and others.

In his complaint, Phoolka said Bikram was arrested by the Khanna police under sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code and both these offences were bailable. According to law, when the accused is ready to furnish the bail bond, he cannot be kept in custody.

Phoolka claimed that Bikram was ready to furnish the bail bond and sureties were also available, but the police, in gross violation of law, kept him in custody the entire night. The next day, instead of releasing him, the police with a mala fide intention registered another case against him; it was a false case registered only to keep Bikram in jail, Phoolka claimed.

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