Following the orders of state SC commission, the Patiala IG, and Sangrur DC and SSP appeared before the SC Commission’s deputy chief at Patiala. After hearing the officials, Raj Kumar Verka, deputy chief of the SC Commission told the SSP to file an FIR against the station house officer, who was suspended in the case. Verka asked them to arrest the absconding accused and file the report to the commission in 15 days.
Verka also met the victim at Rajindra hospital at Patiala and recorded his statement. In his statement, Manga said that while he was being tortured, the SHO was present at the police station.
Punjab Congress vice-president Surinder Pal Singh Sibia on Saturday started an indefinite hunger strike outside the police station at Bada Chowk here, demanding that the police arrest the Youth Akali Dal leader, allegedly on whose instance the police had arrested a Sangrur man and later tortured him.
Joining him, leader of Opposition Charanjit Singh Channi also protested against the state government. Channi said senior officials needed to interfere in the case. He said if no action was initiated, the Congress would launch an even bigger agitation and the issue would be raised in the Assembly. Sibia said the Congress would continue its protest till their demand of suspension of the district police chief was not met.
After the police dismissed three policemen for alleged brutality with the victim, the case has not moved ahead. YAD leader Sanjay Sharma is still absconding.
Sanjay Sharma was appointed a member of the police advisory committee on the recommendation of SAD’s Sangrur MLA Parkash Chand Garg. Residents of Manga’s locality have been demanding Sanjay’s arrest. They said the police knew about Sharma but were not acting against him under pressure.
Meanwhile, Congress SC chairman Raj Kumar Chhabewal said the government had lost the moral right to rule and should be dismissed with immediate effect.
Reacting to the Congress protest, SAD representative from Sangrur Parkash Chand Garg said Sibia’s protest is nothing more than a political stunt.
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Atma Singh also gave a memorandum to the deputy commissioner, demanding strict action against the guilty.
Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said this happened on the directions of Amandeep Singh Cherry, a close aide of state finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa. Mann said Badal is getting older and should spend time visiting religious places in the pilgrimage train that he had started.