AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Chief Minister on Friday visited the house of Inder Singh, a Dalit who was allegedly beaten up by police on July 25, in Chak Sukhera Bodla village, which is also deputy CM’s constituency.
Inder Singh’s relatives had a number of cases against them. His niece Sunita Rani was booked in an narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS) Act this year and is out on bail. His nephew too was sentenced to jail in 2014 in an alleged gambling case.
AAP, however, maintained that that Inder was innocent and that he should not have been punished for his relatives’ act.
“Inder Singh’s relatives had police case against them but he was innocent. Punjab’s SAD-BJP Government is anti-dalit and the fact can be seen through a video which shows that how Inder Singh, who is a cancer patient, was beaten up by Punjab police cops and even women of the house were also not spared despite the fact that there was no lady police along with the police party,” said Kejriwal.
“Inder Singh’s family, in fact, protested against another which was into the business of drugs openly in this village.”
Kejriwal demanded that the FIR against the family be quashed and police officers who acted against them be suspended.
“If needed, we will provide legal help to the family,” said AAP’s state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur.
Police, however, claimed that Inder Singh and his family had attacked them.
“The police team was responding to a PCR call by their neighbours,” said SSP Narinder Bhargav. “Inder Singh misbehaved with the team. They were slapped and their uniforms torn An inquiry has been marked in this case.” Inder Singh’s neighbour Pooja Rani confirmed that they had called the police.
“Sunita Rani accused me of booking her in an NDPS case,” said Pooja Rani, the neighbour. “She attacked me and my family.”