Cases of alleged torture of two women in Bathinda at the hands of police have united leaders of six opposition parties in order to demand justice for the duo and punishment to the guilty.
A 13-member Atyachar Virodhi Sangharsh Committee (committee for struggle against cruelty) has been formed by leaders of these outfits, which handed over a memorandum to deputy commissioner KK Yadav here on Friday to seek justice for the two complainants.
The team includes leaders from the Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM), Congress, People's Party of Punjab (PPP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pradhani).
Jagjit Singh Joga and Surjit Singh Sohi of the CPI; Gurcharan Singh of the CPM; Buta Singh Dhade and Gulzar Singh of the Congress; Sukhdev Singh Chahal and Jaspal Singh of the PPP; Mohinder Singh Bhatti (BSP); and Mata Malkit Kaur (SAD-Panch Pradhani) are on the committee, first political alliance in the state since the beginning of the second consecutive term of the Punjab government comprising the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
In its memorandum to the DC, the opposition committee has claimed the murder charge against Amanpreet Kaur of Pitho village and three others, including her parents, to be false and laid under political pressure. The family is charged with killing Kulwinder Singh, one of the sons of Amanpreet's paternal uncle.
The team has dismissing similar allegations against Bhabbi Kaur over the death of her husband. The woman reported third-degree methods in her police interrogation at Rama and the assassination of her character; and claimed the police had tortured her to shield a landlord family of Ramsar village that was close to political powers.
The leaders have submitted the applications of Amanpreet Kaur and Bhabbi Kaur, in which they have written the sequence of events, to the DC, and asked for the cancelling the first-information report (FIR) against Amanpreet Kaur.
In the case of Bhabbi Kaur, they have demanded the lodging of criminal charges against four policemen who are reported to have tortured her in illegal custody, and tracing of the real murderers of Bhabbi's husband.
It has been after a long time since out-of-power political parties have come on a common platform to oppose what they see as political vendetta. The alliance is formed also at the grass-root level to raise local issues.