A day after the transfer of Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) and sacking of two cops in connection with police assault on a 22-year-old Dalit girl on March 3, divisional commissioner SR Ladhar on Monday recorded the statements of several people, including the victim girl and her family members.
"The victim girl, her father Kashmir Singh, cousin Jagjit Singh, who had recorded the entire episode in camera and eyewitness Satpal Singh visited my office and recorded their statements as part of the re-inquiry ordered by the chief minister," Ladhar told Hindustan Times.
Ladhar said that three cops and two taxi drivers, who were lodged in jail, apart from about 20 cops, who were present on the spot on March 3, had been summoned to record their statements on Wednesday.
"On Thursday, I will personally visit the spot in Tarn Taran to meet other eyewitnesses, so that nothing is left to imagination and truth prevails upon," he added.
The then deputy commissioner of Tarn Taran, senior superintendent of police (SSP) and other police officials, including DSP and SHO, would be summoned to record their statements on next Monday, Ladhar said.
After recording the statements of all concerned, all of them would be cross-examines to plug the loose ends, Ladhar said, adding that he had been given two weeks' time to complete the re-inquiry.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Supreme Court had taken a suo motu notice of news reports on the incident and had issued notice to the state government.
On Thursday, the Punjab government had assured the Apex Court that it would take appropriate action against top police officers of Tarn Taran district in connection with the assault.
On March 18, the Punjab and Haryana high court had asked the state government to provide security to the victim girl and her family, apart from immediate transfer of police officials concerned.