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Man who shot video says he recorded false statement

The main witness in the Tarn Taran assault case,in which a girl was beaten up by Punjab Police personnel in full public view on March 3,claimed on Tuesday that he was forced to record a false statement in front of the Jalandhar division commissioner probing the incident.

Written by Express News Service | Jalandhar | Updated: April 11, 2014 5:18:46 pm

The main witness in the Tarn Taran assault case,in which a girl was beaten up by Punjab Police personnel in full public view on March 3,claimed on Tuesday that he was forced to record a false statement in front of the Jalandhar division commissioner probing the incident.

Jagjit,who had made a video of the entire incident,claimed that he was being promised incentives by the Tarn Taran police,which had even offered him a job and several other benefits.

“I have also recorded the phone calls made to me by the police officers where they asked me to give a false statement. I had also recorded my two statements given before the commissioner — both the correct and the false ones,” Jagjit told mediapersons in Jalandhar.

Asked why he had recorded a false statement,Jagjit said he had done so under pressure. The victim,who accompanied Jagjit at the press conference,claimed that she has no faith in the probe being done by the Jalandhar division commissioner on orders of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The 22-year-old Tarn Taran 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 woman and her father after she reportedly complained to them against some taxi and truck drivers harassing her near a marriage hall. The Supreme Court had trashed a magisterial probe report by Tarn Taran Deputy Commissioner Balwinder Singh Multani justifying the beating of the girl. Following this,a fresh probe was ordered into the case.

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