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Cop caught on cam beating up elderly woman in Bathinda

The video shows a cop slapping the same woman protester repeatedly while pushing a man protester in the police vehicle.

punjab Updated: Aug 27, 2018 09:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
A video grab shows a cop assaulting the woman. (HT Photo)

A cop repeatedly slapped an elderly woman and pulled her to the ground when police resorted to use of force on brick kiln workers protesting for the release of their wages at Sukhanand village near Bhagta Bhai Ka in Bathinda on Saturday.

The incident was caught on camera.

Reports said the police tried to remove the labourers who were on a dharna at the kiln for two days.

Three protesters, including a woman, who suffered injuries were admitted in a hospital at Baja Khana in Faridkot district.

The injured are Jasvit Kaur, in her sixties, her grandson Raju Singh and Jagmohan Singh.

A video of scuffle shows a woman protester trying to set free a protester from cops by trying to use a stick on cop besides protesters trying to stop police by holding their batons.

The video shows a cop slapping the same woman protester repeatedly while pushing a man protester in the police vehicle.

A cop is also seen pulling woman down on earth from her hair. The video went viral on social media on Sunday.

Hardeep Singh, a labourer, said they were protesting peacefully when police came all of a sudden and started removing them forcibly.

When they objected to this, the cops resorted to use of batons, he said. In the video, the protesters are seen trying to stop police holding their batons.

No wages pending, claims kiln owner Brick kiln owner Mintu Garg claimed that no wages of workers were pending.

“I have asked the workers several times to hold talks if they have any issue. I had to call the police as the protesters didn’t allow us to come out of the office on Saturday,” Garg said.

Bathinda senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nanak Singh said the video on social media presents only one side of the incident as the protesters also resorted to stone-pelting on policemen, injuring two of them.

“There was definite stone-pelting from the labourers that had been on protest. But I am not justifying the use of force by cops. We have marked an inquiry to Rampura Phul deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurpreet Singh.”

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurpreet Singh and Bhagta Bhai Ka SHO inspector Jasvir Singh could be not contacted despite repeated attempts from this correspondent.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 09:58 IST