Lawyer accuses police of torture; cops deny charges

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 12:37 IST

A local advocate, Kartar Singh, has charged the Amritsar rural police with registering fake cases against him and subjecting him to physical torture.

The police, however, have denied the charges and said that Kartar was an accused in at least six cases--five pertaining to property dispute and one relating to murder. The advocate had appeared before the duty magistrate on Sunday, sources said.

Supporting Kartar Singh’s case, the Amritsar Bar Association plans to raise the issue with higher police authorities and bureaucrats. Advocate Kashmir Singh Buttar, former vice-president, Amritsar Bar Association, charged the police with registering fake cases against Kartar Singh and torturing him. “There are injuries on his neck, which suggest that they tried to strangulate him with a rope, while Kartar Singh has also alleged that he was subjected to electric shocks,” said Buttar.

He claimed that the court of judicial magistrate (Class1) Radhika Puri had ordered a medical examination of Kartar Singh.

However, Balbir Singh, SP headquarters, Amritsar rural police, said that the charges of torture and registration of ‘fake’ cases levelled against the police were baseless.

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