Three Dalit youth set free from illegal police detention of Tuesday following directions of a judicial magistrate have alleged that they were tortured in custody. However, the police have denied the allegations.
Showing their injury marks, the trio from Burj Kahan Singh Wala village, who had come for a medical examination at the Bathinda civil hospital, said they were beaten up with sticks in the Bhucho police post.
Father of one of the youths said his son Gurpreet Singh (17), Inderjit Singh (18) and Amritpal Singh (18) were picked by the police on December 27 around 4:30pm after they had a verbal spat with another group during a cricket tournament and were taken to the Bhucho police post. “We kept requesting the cops to register a case against the youths instead of keeping them in illegal custody, but in vain,” he alleged, adding that the youths were tortured at the behest of people of upper caste.
Dr Umesh Gupta, who examined the youths on Wednesday at the Bathinda civil hospital, said they had injury marks on their back, stomach and feet. He said the medical report would be sent to the sessions judge.
Denying allegations of torture and illegal detention, Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Swapan Sharma said the youths were brought to the police post after a verbal spat in the village. On being asked that the youths were set free after the judicial magistrate visited the police post following a complaint, the SSP said they were not in illegal detention.