Patiala Police were caught on the wrong foot on Sunday evening when a warrant officer appointed by Punjab and Haryana high court found a person alleged to be illegally detained in Tripuri police station.However, cops cried foul and claimed that they had been “trapped” in the case.
District police chief DP Singh claimed police were trapped by Tarlochan Singh, who was recovered from illegal detention by warrant officer Vajinder Singh, deputed by Justice Nirmaljit Kaur.
It was acting on a complaint by Dr Satnam Singh, brother of the detained person, who is director of Zed Point India, a detective agency, that the warrant officer conducted the raid.
“MY brother was in illegal detention since Friday morning. The police had picked him up to pressure him to vacate his rented accomodation. Police had stuck a deal with the house landlord and were pressuring him to sing blank documents. After he refused, police detained him illegally,” Dr Satnam said.
The SSP denied that the person had been illegally detained. “We admit that Tarlochan was found in the police station, but a trap was laid against the police. As the warrant officers reached the police station, Tarlochan Singh scaled the back wall of the police station to enter the premises and said that he had been illegally kept inside the police station. Had police detained him, he would have been in the lockup, but the warrant officer found Tarlochan near the entry point of police station,” the SSP contended.
He said that he would submit a report to the high court, whenever required.