Verka summoned DC in Girls stripping incident

  • Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times, Batala
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 23:47 IST

Taking a strict note of the absence of senior administrative and police officials from Government Middle School, Madiala, vice-chairman of National ST/SC Commission, Dr. Raj Kumar Verka summoned both the Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Abhinav Trika and SSP, Batala, Inderbir Singh to his office with 'action taken report' within a period of seven days.

Both the DC and the SSP have been asked to be present in the Commission's office in New Delhi within seven days with a complete record of what action they have taken in the case.

It is to be noted that on January 11, Verka had asked SSP, Batala and Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur to give a detail report to him within three days but both the officer stayed away from his visit.

Talking to media persons, Verka said that it was a highly sensitive matter, which had socked the collectively consciousness of nation and if any officer act lax in this case, strict action will be taken against him.

After talking to the girls students, who were stripped by a woman teacher a few days ago, he told that the victim had told him that the accused teacher, Harjit Kaur took them to washroom, where they were forced to remove their clothes for three times while searching for a Rs 500 currency note.

Criticising the laxity of the Batala police, he told that even after passing of four days, the police was failed to arrest the guilty teacher. "It is a shameful incident and I had asked SSP to arrest the teacher within seven days and report directly to him" he added.

When tired to contact Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, Abhinav Trikha, he was not available for comments while SSP, Batala, Inderbir Singh said that he had received no written communication from Verka's office for his presence in the school.

"After getting a phone call from Verka's PA, an hour before his scheduled visit, I had sent the DSP Sri Hargobindpur, Gurvinder Singh to the spot, who had reported him about the action taken by the police in this regard" the SSP added.

Meanwhile, the DEO (Secondary) Amarbir Singh Saini told that the teacher had already been suspended and they were further investigating the case and will give their report to the Education Minister within the next ten days.

It is pertinent to mention here that some girl students of a Government Middle School, Madiala, falling in the Batala Police district, here were allegedly stripped by a school teacher who suspected them of stealing a Rs 500 currency note.

On the statement of girls parents, the Batala police had registered a case under sections 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage modesty of woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and provisions of the SC/ST Act against the accused teacher at the Ghuman Police Station but even after passing of more than four days, the police had failed to arrest the accused teacher.

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