Alleged police torture has given critical injuries to a young villager from the constituency of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who also holds the home portfolio.
Asha Rani, a widow of Dhani Prem Singh village in the Jalalabad subdivision of Fazilka district, has said that on July 1, assistant sub-inspector Vajeer Chand and some other police officers from the crime investigation agency (CIA) picked up her son, Daljeet, from home, and later, told the family that his accomplices and he were in judicial custody in the sub jail of Fazilka after their arrest on a charge of keeping 250-gram opium.
When Daljeet's family met him in the jail, he looked unwell. When asked, he told his relatives that the police had tortured him to get clues to some drug traders. On July 6, the jail administration sent Daljeet to the Abohar Civil Hospital, from where he was referred to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, and after some day, moved to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh. From the PGI, he returned to the Abohar Civil Hospital after 20 days.
His soles had signs of extreme torture. On Tuesday, he was referred again to the Faridkot medical college, where he is in a battle for life. AS Chahal, senior superintendent of police at Fazilka, has said the Jalalabad deputy superintendent of police (DSP) was looking into the charges of Daljeet's family.