Even as the Punjab government and its officials showcased Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on Monday as some sort of an achievement, an 'overzealous' local police force detained a pregnant teacher, a resident of Avtar Nagar for four hours on Sunday, allegedly leading to miscarriage.
The teacher, Rajni (30), has alleged that cops forcibly picked her up from her home on Sunday morning at 6.30 am, on the suspicion that she was a part of a protest team of teachers that planned to protest and show black flags to the PM during his visit to Hussainiwala border.
"I had been advised bed-rest due to my pregnancy, but a sub-inspector from Bhargo Camp police station, who came along with a lady constable, to my house on Sunday at 6.30pm, refused to listen to me pleas. I was not even told as to why I was being taken to the police station," Rajni said.
As it turned out, Rajni suffered a miscarriage the next day (Monday) after being detained for over four hours. The medical cause of the miscarriage has been documented as 'tension'. She has two daughters and teaches at Government Primary School, Tejmohan Nagar, Basti Sheikh.
'Not part of any protest'
Rajni claims that she is part of a teachers' union - Sikhya Providers Teachers Union - whose members had planned to protest against Modi at Hussainiwala in Ferozepur in support of their demands for better salary and regularisation of jobs.
"I am a part of the union, but was not part of the team that was to protest as I was two-month pregnant," she claims.
Her family met Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Police (ADCP) crime J Elanchezhian demanding action against the cop, SI Bhupinder Singh, and others who detained her for four hours.
Harjinder Singh, husband of Rajni, said, "SI Bhupinder Singh just ordered my wife to accompany her, saying that SHO Bhargo camp had summoned her. I showed the doctor's report to the police team, but he just refused to listen. We were not even informed on why her presence was needed at the police station."
He added that he finally took her wife to police station in his car with a lady constable accompanying them.
"At the police station, we were not even offered a chair and from 6.45 to 9am, she kept standing. It was only at around 9am that she was allowed to sit," he alleged.
Finally, it was only after area councilor Tarsem Singh along with social worker Ram Kishan Jogi intervened and provided another doctor's prescription was Rajni allowed to leave, he claimed.
Rajni's father-in-law Hakam Singh submitted a complaint along with doctor's report and prescription to the ADCP crime on Wednesday. The husband claimed the SI was drunk when he came to their house.
"The SI should be dismissed. He has killed our infant and A murder case against should be registered," Hakam Singh said. He claimed that they were pressured by Bhargo camp SHO to take back the case.
Harjinder Singh Khaira, state committee member, Sikhya Providers Teachers Union, claimed the state police had been rounding up teachers since Saturday, 48 hours before Modi's Monday visit.
"More than 500 teachers were arrested across the state. We wanted to raise the issue of our meager salary of Rs 7,500. This too is paid after a three-month delay," Khaira claimed.
ADCP crime J Elanchezhian said the incident would be verified and action taken as per law.
Meanwhile, late in the day DCP Rajinder Singh said SI Bhupinder Singh had been suspended and shifted to the Police Lines. "ACP (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu will conduct an inquiry into the incident and a report will be submitted as soon as possible."