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Top cops accused in own court

The open darbar of IGP Nirmal Singh Dhillon at a marriage palace here on Wednesday was a nervous occasion for top brass of the police.

punjab Updated: Aug 22, 2012 23:21 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar

The open darbar of IGP Nirmal Singh Dhillon at a marriage palace here on Wednesday was a nervous occasion for top brass of the police.


The disgruntled public spared none, except inspector general of police Dhillon. With deputy inspector general Parmod Ban and senior superintendents of police Sukhchain Singh Gill (Bathinda), Indermohan Singh (Muktsar) and Narinder Bhargav (Mansa), he listened to the problems of the people from three districts.

Dhillon stated the purpose of the camp to bring a healing touch to the people with long-pending grievances. "The infrastructure at the police stations to deal with public grievances works fine," he said.

Most of the complaints pointed to the tops brass' feigning ignorance. Some complainants were bold enough to put the top cops in discomfort. Kuldeep Singh, a man from Muktsar, charged SSP Indermohan Singh with influencing investigation into the suicide of his son in 2007.

IG Dhillon marked Kuldeep's inquiry to DIG Parmod Ban, at which the man stated that Ban also an influenced investigation during his term as SSP in Muktsar. The IG had not other top cop left to whom he could mark the inquiry. He asked the complainant to suggest a name. The man wanted the inquiry entrusted to an officer outside the Bathinda range.

Bathinda SSP Gill had his embarrassing moment when Gurtej Singh of Phullo village charged him with working under the pressure of an officer on special duty working for deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Sukhpreet Singh of Dhansingh Khana village charged Bathinda SSP with working under the pressure of an Akali leader from Talwandi Sabo. The Mansa SSP, Bhargav, being new appointment, had to bear complaints against his predecessor.

Ramesh Kumar of Breta accused the Mansa police of for not doing enough to trace an orphan girl missing since 2010. A good number of people vented their ire on the cops.