Eyewitness in police assault on Dalit girl goes missing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 21:09 IST

Jagjit Singh, the man, who video-graphed the police assault on Harbarinder Kaur, a resident of Usma village in Tarn Taran last year, has gone missing mysteriously. The incident of disappearance occurred four days ago and the Tarn Taran Police have registered a case in this regard against unidentified persons under section 365 IPC on the complaint of Ramandeep Kaur, wife of Jagjit Singh.

Singh's kin, accompanied by Harbarinder Kaur, plan to hold a demonstration outside the office of SSP Tarn Taran on Tuesday. According to the kin of the missing man, Jagjit Singh had gone missing after he left home to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple.

"He has been missing under mysterious circumstances for the past four days. On Sunday, I came to know that he had gone missing as there was no communication between him and me for quite a while as he had been forcing me to forge a compromise with the police," said Harbarinder Kaur.

She added that she, along with the family of Jagjit Singh, would stage a demonstration outside the office of SSP Tarn Taran on Tuesday to urge the police to locate him at the earliest.

Meanwhile, SSP Tarn Taran Manmohan Kumar Sharma said that a case had been registered in this regard against unidentified persons.

"The family of Jagjit Singh claims that he had left home to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and thereafter he went missing. The case is being duly investigated. Efforts are being made to verify the claims of his family and locate Jagjit Singh," he said.

Jagjit had video-graphed the incident wherein Harbarinder was assaulted by the police in full public view on March 3, 2013. As soon as the incident occurred, a probe was initiated by an SP rank officer. Two of the cops, who were seen beating Harbarinder Kaur in the video footage, were arrested.

According to Harbarinder, the incident had taken place outside a marriage palace. She alleged that she was teased by two taxi drivers, who indulged in an altercation with her family when she reported the matter to her parents. She had also alleged that the cops, who reached the spot, beat her up in public and her father and brother in the police station.

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had condemned the incident, while the Congress had staged a demonstration at Usma village. The National SC/ST Commission had summoned the Tarn Taran SSP and DC in this case and had demanded registration of a case against the cops involved in this case.

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