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Youth demand criminal case against SHO, PCR incharge

Three young men, who were allegedly beaten up by Kapurthala police on the night of August 26, have demanded action against the city police staff.

punjab Updated: Sep 06, 2012 20:38 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla
Sanjeev Bhalla
Hindustan Times

Three young men, who were allegedly beaten up by Kapurthala police on the night of August 26, have demanded action against the city police staff.

Deepak Kalia, Anupam Marwaha and Rajesh Kapur met the new senior superintendent of police (SSP), Kapurthala, Inder Bir Singh, and submitted a complaint.

They have also deposited the copies of their medical reports and a CD containing the CCTV footage of their scuffle with the three policemen. The incident was captured by a camera installed outside the Sat Narayan Mandir.

Narrating the sequence of events, Kalia said, "I was listening to music on my Samsung Galaxy mobile phone along with my two friends, when three cops-Balraj Singh, Harvinder Singh and Kulvir Singh-passed by on a bike on August 26. Probably, the phone's flashlight flickered and the cops thought I had clicked their photograph."

He said the cops demanded his mobile phone for checking. "But they could not operate it. They started abusing us to which we argued back. They called the PCR van and several policemen arrived who started beating us with sticks," he added.

The youngsters claimed that they were taken to the city police station. "That was the most horrific night of our lives. For at least an hour we were tortured by more than a dozen policemen.

When people started gathering outside the police station, station house officer (SHO) Narinder Kumar and PCR incharge asked the constables to tear off their uniforms to register a case against us," said Rajesh Kapur.

The young men were later booked by the police under sections 353 of IPC for obstructing police personnel in performing their duties.

When they were presented before a local court on August 27, the trio told their story. The court ordered their medical examination before sending them in judicial custody.

A three-member board examined them and in the report submitted to the court, it confirmed the injuries.

When the matter was highlighted by the media, head constable Major Singh and constables Balraj, Harvinder, Kulbir and Davinder were put under suspension.

No action, however, was taken against the SHO and the PCR incharge.

"How can they defend the SHO and the PCR incharge when we were beaten up at the police station?" asked Kalia.

The trio demanded action against all the policemen who were on duty that night.

The SSP on Thursday confirmed that he had received the complaint. "I have gone through the contents of the complaint and the CD. On Friday, I will meet the involved parties. Whosoever is at fault will be dealt with strictly," he said.

First Published: Sep 06, 2012 20:36 IST