Dalit girl assault: Eyewitness found in Delhi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 12:18 IST

Jagjit Singh, an eyewitness of the “police assault on a Dalit girl” in Tarn Taran, who had gone missing mysteriously a few days back, was found in Delhi on Friday.

Jagjit — whose wife met Raj Kumar Verka, vice-president, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes — told Dr Verka over phone that even as he faced threat from the Punjab police, he had been allotted the security of the Punjab police.

He also urged Dr Verka to help arrange a job for him. Jagjit had gone missing almost a week back.
Jagjit had videoed the incident, in which Harbarinder Kaur, a resident of Usma village, was assaulted by policemen in a full public view on March 3, 2013.

As soon as the incident occurred, a probe was initiated by a superintendent of police (SP)-rank officer.
Two of the cops, who were seen beating Harbarinder in the video footage, were arrested.

As per Harbarinder, the incident took place outside a marriage palace. She alleged that she was eve-teased by two taxi drivers, who indulged in an altercation with her family.

She also alleged that the cops, who reached the spot, beat her in public and her father and brother at a police station.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had condemned the incident, while the Congress had staged a demonstration at Usma village in the protest.

Even the National SC/ST Commission had summoned the then Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police and deputy commissioner (DC) in this connection and had demanded registration of a case against the cops involved in the incident.

Ramandeep Kaur, wife of Jagjit Singh, said her husband had left home saying that he was going to the Golden Temple to pay obeisance, but went missing after that.

The Tarn Taran police had registered a case in this connection under section 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine) person of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). His family had warned of committing mass suicide if Jagjit was not found soon.

Taking a serious view of the case, Verka summoned Ishwar Chander, inspector general (IG) of police, Border Range, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh and Tarn Taran SSP Manmohan Kumar Sharma on Friday and sought the report on the action taken by police in the case.

Verka assured Jagjit that it was the duty of the government to protect the witness in such an important case, besides making arrangements for his employment.

Stating that Jagjit was going through a tough financial phase for quite some time, Verka said that the district administration should have made arrangements to provide an employment to him under MNrega or other schemes.

Meanwhile, Verka has directed the IG to probe into this case and another cases pertaining to the alleged police torture of Mangal Singh, an elderly resident of Mehndipur village.

“The IG has been asked to initiate action against the cops involved in both the cases, if they are found
guilty,” said Verka.

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