Sangrur deputy commissioner Kumar Rahul, on Friday, ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged torture of a 30-year-old youth in illegal police custody for seven days.
Taking cognizance of an HT report, "Man accuses police of torture in illegal custody", published on May 10, the DC marked an inquiry to Sunam sub-divisional magistrate Gurdev Singh and asked him to submit the report within a week.
HT had reported that the Bhawanigarh police had picked up Sukhwinder Singh of Balial village on April 23 and tortured him for seven days in illegal custody before producing him in front of a magistrate in Sangrur and formally arresting him on April 30. Sukhwinder's family members had approached the high court on April 26.
Sukhwinder, who was issued summons on Friday to join the magisterial probe at Sangrur on May 15, had alleged that a police team led by Bhawanigarh SHO Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal had picked him from the Banur bus stand. Sukhwinder's sister Amajit Kaur told HT that she had seen policemen taking away her brother in a vehicle. "Though I could not reach him, he saw me from a distance and waved at me," she said.
Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said Sukhwinder was arrested on April 30 and produced before the magistrate the same day, along with a medical report which showed no signs of assault. Showing the OPD slip of Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, Sukhwinder said a doctor at the hospital had prescribed him medication for pain for one week.
Meanwhile, the criminal writ petition filed by Sukhwinder's mother against the state administration in the HC will come up for hearing on May 30.