The Punjab Police on Wednesday suspended three of its personnel,posted in Ludhiana,for not taking action on a complaint filed by a dalit woman,who was assaulted in public on April 3 in the city.
While three people have been arrested for the incident,Ludhiana Police Commissioner Ishwar Singh on Wednesday suspended SHO (Daba) Jatinderjit Singh,ASI Jaswant Singh and head constable Avinash Kumar.
Police had filed and FIR on Tuesday and arrested main accused Manoj,Rahul and Kalu,a fourth accused from Nepal is absconding. The police action,however,came 12 days after the incident when the woman (in her early 30s) produced video footage of the assault before the police commissioner. A special investigation team( SIT),comprising of women officers,has now been formed to investigate the case,Ishwar Singh said. According to the woman,the accused Manoj owed her Rs 20,000 and when she went to recover it,Manoj along with his friends allegedly beat her up on April 3.
Meanwhile,taking strict note of the incident,Raj Kumar Verka the vice-chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes visited the woman at her house in Ludhiana on Wednesday. He also summoned Ludhiana DC Rahul Tewari and Commissioner Ishwar Singh to the Circuit House but later expressed satisfaction at the investigations.
Verka,the Congress MLA from Amritsar,also said that the law and order situation in the state was a cause for concern. He accused the police of working at the behest of the Akalis and added that crimes against women and minorities were on the rise in the state.
Rajesh Bagga,the chairman of the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes also called on the victim. He has directed the city ADGP (crime) to submit a report on the incident by April 30. The minorities commission chairman also demanded financial assistance for the victim. Bagga also condemned another beating incident involving a dalit in Khanna a few days ago.