‘Religious sentiments hurt’,patwari moves Akal Takht against VB

Patwari Mohan Singh,who was allegedly subjected to “inhuman” treatment in police custody after being wrongly arrested in a case by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB),on Friday shot a letter to the jathedar of the Akal Takht to initiate action against the policemen for hurting his religious sentiments.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 8, 2012 6:13:13 am

Patwari Mohan Singh,who was allegedly subjected to “inhuman” treatment in police custody after being wrongly arrested in a case by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB),on Friday shot a letter to the jathedar of the Akal Takht to initiate action against the policemen for hurting his religious sentiments.

The letter stated that Singh was arrested from his residence on February 18,2012. In custody,VB officials made the him remove his clothes and asked a police officer to also remove his clothes. The patwari was then meted out inhuman treatment. The officials also allegedly recorded the whole thing in a cellphone camera and threatened the patwari to keep silent or else they would “release” it on the Internet.

“I am a baptised Sikh and my kirpan and undergarments were removed. When I objected,Surjit Singh Grewal (now SSP Moga),refused to show any mercy,” Singh claimed.

He added that whole operation was orchestrated on the orders of then Patiala SSP (VB) Shiv Kumar Sharma,from whom he had demanded an official fee of Rs 20 to hand over the copy of a land record in 2009. Stating that these policemen are close to the Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini,the patwari requested the jathedar to take action against them.

Saying that he had lodged a complaint to the SGPC almost six months ago and was told several times that the matter has been referred to the Dharam Prachaar Committee,Singh added: “I spoke to committee members Dr Jang Bahadur Singh and Bharpur Singh Khalsa,but was told that no meeting has been held since last year.”

Singh has sent a copy of the letter to the jathedars of the remaining four takhts along with the SGPC president.

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