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Panjab University students allege torture, SSP to look into it

A local court on Wednesday directed UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to probe allegations of torture and harassment by students booked for Tuesday’s violence in Panjab University.

punjab Updated: Apr 13, 2017 10:20 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Panjab University
Students for Society (SFS) leader Amritpal Singh (left) and others being taken from Sector-11 police station to court on Wednesday. Singh contested PU student council elections in 2016.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

A local court on Wednesday directed UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to probe allegations of torture and harassment by students booked for Tuesday’s violence in Panjab University.

The court of judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Jagmeet Singh also told the SSP to submit the report on the next date of hearing on April 26.

The police had produced 53 students — accused of rioting, attempt to commit culpable homicide, causing damage to public property and defacement — before the court. Sending the accused to judicial custody until the next hearing, the court also directed the SSP to conduct a fresh medical examination of accused. The students alleged they were beaten up even after arrest An accused Sandeep Kumar claimed they were beaten up with belts.

SFS TRIES TO REGROUP AGAIN
  • Police on Wednesday arrested eight students, including 3 girls. The was after the morning, where the police detained more than dozen students of SFS who had gathered on campus.
ALLEGATIONS MADE BEFORE COURT AGAINST POLICE
  • Manhandling; torture in custody; women students alleged touching of private parts, beaten up with sticks and belts; not provided basic necessities and sanitary napkins.
STUDENTS SEEK BAIL
  • The accused also applied for regular bail and the matter comes up for hearing on Saturday in the court of additional district and session judge JS Sidhu.
  • The bail application was filed through advocates AS Chahal, RS Bassi and Terminder Singh, who stated that free legal aid was being provided to the students.

Three women accused stated in open court they were harassed by the cops. One of them even deposed that she was touched on her private parts and beaten with sticks on her back.

The girls alleged that sanitary napkins were denied to them in custody, and that they were abused and manhandled during interrogation. Another student, Buta Singh, alleged that some cops made fun of his caste as he was from a Scheduled Caste and made derogatory comments.

Other accused alleged that police officials used abusive language during interrogation. Some said they were made to sing all night in custody. The court also ordered fresh medical examination of 13 accused — who claimed that their medical hadn’t been properly done — from GMSH-16. A medical board has been formed comprising two doctors — from the PGIMER and the GMCH has been formed.