Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL), the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the Punjab government to take immediate action against assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jhilmil Singh for mercilessly thrashing some children in Jalandhar in February.
The division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice Mahavir Singh Chauhan said the court would not like to delay this matter by first issuing notice to the state government.
A lawyer in August had moved the high court seeking action against ASI Jhilmil Singh posted at a Jalandhar police station for beating up some minors in police custody after the video clip of him assaulting the children had gone viral on the social media.
Seeking a judicial a probe, the petitioner, RS Dhull, had moved the court after he came across a news item on August 5, wherein some children were shown being mercilessly thrashed by a cop.
The video shows Jhilmil Singh, who is at present in-charge of the police post at the Jalandhar civil hospital, beating up the children, the petitioner said, adding that custodial torture was an illegal act and condemned by various courts across the country.
Jhilmil Singh had caught three minor boys for stealing medicines from the hospital. The trip was also accused of pickpocketing.