National Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Commission vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka on Friday took a serious note of reports of a teacher’s miscarriage and ordered the registration of an FIR against sub-inspector Bhupinder Singh prior to the investigation, besides constituting a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the cop’s role.
Verka also directed to constitute a medical board headed by senior doctors from the local civil hospital to ascertain the cause of the miscarriage of Rajni, who was forcibly taken to the Bhargo Camp police station on March 22.
Rajni (30) had alleged that cops picked her up from her home at 6.30am on the suspicion that she was part of a group of teachers that planned to protest and show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Hussainiwala (Ferozepur) the next day. Rajni had suffered a miscarriage on March 23 after being detained for more than four hours. The medical cause of the miscarriage has been documented as ‘tension’.
Verka expressed shock over the police role, terming the detention ‘illegal custody’.
“Police officials showed no mercy despite the fact that the teacher showed the doctor’s report that had recommended bed rest. They should not have taken her along in such a condition. The FIR should be registered on priority and the investigation should go on, following which, if the SI is found guilty, should be punished,” Verka said.
He added that the officials should have at least informed the teacher and her husband about the reason for which they were taking her to police station.
Verka on Friday met the teacher’s family and directed the deputy commissioner (DC) to hold a probe, besides setting up an SIT headed by police officers to investigate the matter.
District Congress president Rajinder Beri also spoke to the vice-chairman, seeking a proper and speedy investigation.
Verka ordered that a SIT must have a woman member and asked the deputy commissioner to depute senior doctors on the medical board to find out the reason(s) for the miscarriage.
He sought submission of reports by the SIT and the medical board within 15 days.
Verka also said, “A probe should be conducted to find out why teachers, especially women, are send behind bars without any reason.”