Taking up a petition seeking the prosecution of four police officials and a middleman for alleged illegal detention of a book shop owner of Mansa, the Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice to the Ferozepur SSP and the four policemen of Ferozepur Cantt police station.
Acting on a petition filed by Shiv Kumar, the shop owner, the single judge bench of Justice Inderjeet Singh on Wednesday issued notices to the Punjab government, Ferozepur SSP and the four policemen -- assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) Mehal Singh, Brij Mohan and Sukhchain Singh and constable Vijay Kumar, besides middleman Tarlochan Singh, a resident of Mansa -- for the alleged illegal detention of the petitioner for three days before recording his formal arrest on July 23 in two FIRs registered at Ferozepur police station.
The petitioner has also prayed that he be paid reasonable compensation for his “illegal detention and being robbed” by the policemen who “forced him to sign a cheque” that they encashed later.
The counsel for the petitioner referred to the photographs captured by the CCTV camera installed at the book shop, which shows the policemen conducting the raid at his shop between 10.29 am and 10.32 am on July 20.
Whereas the police roznamcha filed by ASI Mehal Singh said the raid was conducted at 7.35 pm on July 20 and Shiv Kumar was taken along for interrogation. However, his formal arrest was shown on July 23 at 8 pm, thus keeping the petitioner in “illegal detention” for more than three days.
The petitioner has alleged that on the policemen’s insistence, Tarlochan brought former’s wife Babli Devi from Mansa to Ferozepur, along with the petitioner’s cheque book, and a cheque for Rs 1.92 lakh was signed by the petitioner under coercion while in custody. The cheque was then encashed from the Gaushala Road branch of Oriental Bank of Commerce, Mansa, allegedly by middleman Tarlochan Singh, who accompanied Babli to the bank and took away the cash. The middleman went to Ferozepur Cantt the same day and allegedly handed over the money to the policemen.
The petitioner has disclosed the mobile phone numbers of the four policemen and the middleman and enclosed the details of the calls exchanged between the middleman and the policemen during those three to four days.