Man alleges custodial torture by Panchkula Police,2 ASIs booked

A man at Central Jail,Ambala accused of theft has alleged that he was sodomised and an iron rod was inserted into his body during police custody.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published:May 14, 2013 2:43 am

A man at Central Jail,Ambala accused of theft has alleged that he was sodomised and an iron rod was inserted into his body during police custody. The Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Naraingarh,Suresh Kaushik,has been issued orders to complete an inquiry into the custodial torture of the thief within a week’s time. Panchkula Police have recorded the statement of the man.

The police has already booked two Assistant Sub Inspectors of the Police (ASIs) who were posted at the Sector 16 police post where the thief was allegedly subjected to torture.

The two ASIs,Raj Kumar,and Surinder Singh,have been booked for sodomy and transferred to the district police lines.

Commissioner of Police,Panchkula-Ambala Range,Rajbir Deswal,said that he has directed the ACP,Naraingarh to complete the investigations in the case within a week’s time.

“Although we have to submit the reply to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by May 29,I have asked the ACP to complete the probe within a week’s time,” said Deswal. He,however,said that even as an earlier inquiry had revealed that there was no truth in the allegations leveled against the police officials,subsequently he asked the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Panchkula,Ashwin Shenvi,to record the statement of the accused at Central Jail,Ambala following which the case was registered against the ASIs.

DCP Shenvi however said that the police have only lodged a first information report (FIR) and any arrests will follow after the involvement of the two police officials is established during the course of investigations. Police had arrested one person on April 15 for a theft that had taken place at a camera shop in Sector 16 in the city. The case was worked out swiftly by police and the person had also confessed to the crime during the police custody.

The brother of the thief has approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court,saying that he was sodomised and an iron rod was inserted into his private body part. The High Court ordered the medical examination of the accused from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the medical report has revealed that there was a “possibility of sexual abuse of the accused and insertion of a rod in his private body.”

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