It took the Haryana Police Complaint Authority (PCA) almost two years and Rs 66 lakh to finally recommend action against a sub- inspector accused of custodial torture. The recommendation,forwarded by the PCA chairperson H S Rana to the state government with a copy to the Director General of Police,Ranjiv Dalal,wants the sub-inspector to be suspended and a regular departmental inquiry initiated against him.
Haryana is among the eight states and union territories,which have constituted police complaint authorities. The others include,Uttarakhand,Tripura,Assam,Kerala,Goa,Dadra,Nagar and Haveli and Chandigarh. After Haryana constituted the PCA on August 15,2010 and notified it on September 13,2010,this is the first time that the body has recommended action against a policeman.
The case relates to the alleged custodial torture of 65-year-old Ram Kumar by the sub-inspector at the Gannaur police station in Sonepat district,Inder Singh. The sub inspector allegedly detained Ram Kumar to inquire about the whereabouts of the 65-year-olds nephew,who was wanted in a kidnapping case. A medical report after the alleged custodial torture,pointed out that Ram Kumars ear drum was ruptured,his nose was fracture and that he sustained other injuries as well.
During the course of the PCA hearing,the SI countered the torture allegations and said that Ram Kumar had fallen off the police vehicle,which caused the injuries on his body. After hearing both the sides,HS Rana,held SI Inder Singh guilty of custodial torture and has recommended his suspension.
On what took the PCA so long to decide the case,Rana said: At least Haryana is one of the few states and UTs,which has gone ahead and constituted the PCAs. Our neighbouring state,Punjab,is silent on this and has not constituted any PCA so far. There were teething problems initially,which have now been taken care of. So far,we have received 64 complaints,of various nature,out of which we have disposed of 14 complaints. The action against SI Inder Singh,is the first punishment,which the PCA has recommended. It is not that action has not been taken in other complaints. The grievances of people,who have approached the PCA are redressed. The state government has also recently forwarded us four complaints,which we are looking into.