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HC orders transfer of 7 cops for assaulting girl

Victim alleges SSP offered her family Rs 5 lakh to withdraw complaint.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 6:09:10 pm

Victim alleges SSP offered her family Rs 5 lakh to withdraw complaint.

Taking a strong note of allegations that some senior police officials were putting pressure on a girl who was assaulted by Punjab Police personnel in full public view in Tarn Taran district on March 3,the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday ordered immediate transfer of seven police personnel

Hearing a plea filed by the victim demanding police protection for her family,Justice Ranjit Singh ordered the Amritsar Inspector General (IG),RP Upadhyay,to ensure compliance of orders within 24 hours failing which he will have to remain present in the High Court on Tuesday.

Justice Singh also directed the Chandigarh Police to provide security to the girl and her family,who were present in the High Court,till the issue is resolved and asked the UT Administration to make arrangements for safe stay of the girl and her family in Chandigarh.

Alleging that she was being threatened by the Punjab Police to withdraw her complaint,the girl in her plea contended that she be granted protection from police force other than Punjab. She also demanded a CBI probe into the incident wherein she was mercilessly beaten up by Punjab Police officials. Punjab has been asked to file its response on Tuesday to the demand of protection from some other police force.

Significantly,the petitioner alleged that she was approached by Tarn Taran Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) K S Dhillon to withdraw the complaint. The girl’s father told the Bench that the SSP has made an offer of Rs 5 lakh to the family to enter into a compromise.

Taking serious note of the accusation,the Court directed the Amritsar IG “to ensure that SSP or any police officer does not reach near or approach the petitioner for any purpose whatsoever.”

The court also made it clear that if the SSP was found putting pressure on the girl,he will also be transferred. The petition will come up for resumed hearing on Tuesday.

The seven police personnel whose transfer has been ordered outside Tran Taran are: head constable Ashwani Kumar,Paramjit Singh; ASI Narinder Singh; head constable Harjinder Singh; Tarsem Singh; Gurdeep Raj and Davinder Kumar

It may be recalled that the girl was slapped,pushed,abused and hit with a baton by policemen in uniform on March 3.

Four to five police personnel were caught on camera assaulting the young woman and her father after she reportedly complained to them against some taxi and truck drivers harassing her near a marriage hall in Tarn Taran. The police had arrested two accused personnel involved in the case on March 11.

“DGP is not above law”: HC

During the arguments,the counsel for the petitioner alleged that the Punjab’s Director General of Police (DGP),Sumedh Singh Saini,was “shielding” the errant police officers. Mincing no words,the court observed that if found involved even the DGP will not be spared. “DGP is not above law”,the court remarked.

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