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Family alleges illegal detention of two,moves HC

The family of two brothers,who are missing since Saturday,have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab Human Rights Commission.

Written by Sanjeev Chopra | Patiala | Published: February 19, 2010 11:32 pm

The family of two brothers,who are missing since Saturday,have moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab Human Rights Commission.

The family of Jasbir Singh and Darshan Singh,sons of Gajjan Singh of Manki village near Malerkotla,allege that the two have been illegally detained by the police.

The Punjab Police had taken the two of them from their residence on Saturday and they have not returned since. Jasbir’s wife and his cousin Balbir Singh,alongwith panchayat member Harjinder Singh are now making all efforts to know their whereabouts. Sources say that they may have been picked for planting an IED near a bottling plant in Nabha.

The family has also approached Sikhs for Human Rights,an organisation working for the protection of human rights,which is now moving their plea in the High Court and Human Rights Commission.

Lakhwinder Singh,secretary of the organisation,said the police must define the cases against the two or free them,as their detention was against the law.

Karamjit Kaur,wife of Jasbir Singh,alleged that on February 13 police officers,in plain clothes,entered their house forcibly and took them along without any warrant or legal document.

On being questioned,one of the cops,Gurmail Singh,claimed that they were being taken to the intelligence wing of the Punjab Police. On February 15,the police again raided their house. They brought Darshan Singh with them. On not finding anything incriminating,they left taking Darshan Singh along,Karmjit alleged.

Meanwhile,the Sikhs for Human Rights has requested the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene in the matter.

The Punjab Police officials and the SP of Counter Intelligence Pritpal Singh Virk denied the charges and said they did not know about the whereabouts of the two.

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