The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has summoned Moga deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police (SSP) to New Delhi on August 24 in connection with the incident at Dhurkot Kalan village under Nihal Singh Wala subdivision in the district in which a woman Akali sarpanch and her aides had allegedly beaten up a Dalit woman and two others with wooden sticks and loaded the video of the victims being beaten up on the social media.
Raj Kumar Verka, vice-chairman of the commission, said here on Monday that the officials have been also directed to bring the action-taken report in the case.
Taking a serious note of no arrests so far, Verka directed the SSP and other senior police officials to arrest the accused within three days. "If the police administration fails to arrest the accused, action can be taken by the commission on it sown," Verka said.
The district police have registered a criminal case against Akali sarpanch Sarabjit Kaur of Dhurkot Kalan, her son Bikramjit Singh, member of the panchayat Jora Singh, Balvir Singh, Pali Singh, Jagraj Singh, Angrej Singh and some unidentified people under sections 342, 323 and 148 of the Indian Penal Code at Ajitwal police station for allegedly beating up the Dalit woman and two others.
Verka visited Moga on Monday and recorded the statements of the victim girls and their family members also.
The vice-chairman also made inquiries from additional deputy commissioner Arwinder Pal Singh, sub-divisional magistrate Surinder Kaur, superintendent of police Rajeshwar Singh, deputy superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh and Ravinder Singh, station house officer of Ajitwal police station, regarding the case.
Verka said that the director of the commission in Chandigarh had been also asked to probe the entire matter.
After the interference of commission, the district police added sections of the SC/ST Act and 354 of the Indian Penal Code in the first information report on Monday.
Photo caption: Raj Kumar Verka, vice-chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, hearing grievances of the victims at Moga on Monday. (HT Photo)