Former Jaitu SHO to apologise to students for moral policing

It all started on January 12, when three students of University College, Jaitu – two boys and a girl – were allegedly “picked up” from a bus stand by Gurmeet for “creating nuisance on the road” and taken to the police station.

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2018 12:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Faridkot
Former Jaitu SHO,DSP shoots self,Faridkot
Deputy superintendent of police Baljinder Singh Sandhu had shot himself dead during a students’ protest rally in Jaitu. (File )

Former Jaitu SHO Gurmeet Singh, whose alleged act of moral policing of three students on January 12 started a chain of events that led to the death of two policemen on January 29, will offer an apology to the three students he had first picked up on Monday.

Members of the farm union will also be present, when Gurmeet will meet the students. Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh has already recommended a magistrate probe against him.

It all started on January 12, when three students of University College, Jaitu – two boys and a girl – were allegedly “picked up” from a bus stand by Gurmeet for “creating nuisance on the road” and taken to the police station. The students’ parents allege they were kept in police custody for at least five hours and thrashed.

The students had complained against “moral policing” to the university and students unions had begun protests demanding action against the SHO.

On January 29, two weeks after the initial incident, students were again protesting at the college, when DSP Baljinder Singh Sandhu shot himself in the head, in the middle of the protest. When the DSP shot himself in the temple, the bullet went through and injured a constable standing nearby, who succumbed to his injuries.

For this incident too, the police had picked up four people, who have since been released. These have also accused the SHO of torture and thrashing. The DSP was cremated with full state honours in his native town Patiala.

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 12:58 IST