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DGP completes probe in Amritsar; 1 student critical

Director General of Police NPS Aulakh today visited Jallianwala Bagh and the Golden Temple complex,where the police resorted to lathicharge on students yesterday.

Written by Dharmendra Rataul | Amritsar |
February 14, 2009 3:39:07 am

Director General of Police NPS Aulakh today visited Jallianwala Bagh and the Golden Temple complex,where the police resorted to lathicharge on students yesterday. He took police officials to task and held separate meetings with its top brass. He said he has completed the inquiry and its report will be submitted to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal tonight or tomorrow morning.

Aulakh spoke to functionaries of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,as various Sikh bodies condemned the entry of policemen into the Darbar Sahib complex and warned police officials to remain extra cautious while resorting to such extreme acts.

“I have recorded the statements of various persons concerned. I am looking into video clips of the incident and preparing the report to submit to the CM,” he said,while refusing to divulge more. Asked about the police resorting to extreme acts and allegations of sacrilege,he said all the aspects were under investigation.

IG Border Range Rajpal Meena said they had released all the 11 girl students arrested yesterday. He refused to comment more,saying the DGP was conducting the probe himself.

On the other hand,one of the eight students injured in the lathicharge,Pardeep Kumar,is critical at the Shri Guru Ram Dass Institute of Medical Sciences (SGRIMS). “His condition deteriorated in police custody last night,” said Gurmukh Singh Mann,heading Punjab Students’ Union (PSU). Mann also demanded that all the students in police custody be freed immediately and sought action against the police officials who resorted to beating the students.

Over 30 students from PSU and Bharat Naujawan Sabha (BNS) were arrested by the police yesterday.

Meanwhile,Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) and Khalra Mission Organisation (KMO) have condemned the entry of policemen into the complex in strong words. “We warn the Badal government that they should stop ‘danda’ rule and not resort to such sacrilege,” said KAC convenor Bhai Mohkam Singh and his associate Kunwarpal Singh. KMO chief Harmandeep Singh Sarhali and Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra also warned the CM and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal that they should control the police force. Former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta said in a statement that maryada of the Darbar Sahib had been violated by the police and sought strict action against the erring police officers. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has also sought a report from the staff deputed on duty at the Golden Temple regarding the incident.

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