The prime accused in the case in which a Sangrur man was nabbed and allegedly tortured in police custody was arrested here on Sunday.
After the National Scheduled Castes Commission on Saturday told the police to act, Sanjay Sharma was arrested from the town. However, the police refused to give details. Later, a local court sent him to one-day police custody.
The other accused -- the three dismissed policemen -- are already in judicial custody.
Sanjay, a member of the police advisory committee, had allegedly taken the police to victim Manga Singh’s meat shop to get him arrested alleging that Manga sold liquor. However, the police had searched his shop but found no liquor.
Meanwhile, the Congress protest, demanding the SSP’s suspension, entered its third day on Sunday. The Congress also burnt an effigy of the SSP in front of the Sangrur city police station.
The Congress has called for a Sangrur bandh for two hours on Monday. Party workers have appealed to shopkeepers to close shops from 1 pm to 3 pm and to reach the protest site. Former Congress MLA and state party vice-president Surinder Pal Singh Sibia is on hunger strike, demanding the suspension of the district police chief. Senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and other party leaders would join the protest on Monday. Sibia said they would intensify the stir in case their demands were not met soon.
Meanwhile, despite the SC commission’s orders, no FIR has been lodged against station house officer (SHO) Jatinderpal Singh. However, no police official was available for comment.
Also, victim Manga’s family alleged that the police till now were trying to shield Sanjay as after getting orders from the SC panel they arrested him in a day. One of Manga’s relatives said they would get justice only if the FIR was registered against the SHO and he was dismissed from service.