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 IG,RP Upadhyay,to ensure compliance of orders within 24 hours.
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.
Significantly,the petitioner alleged that she was approached by Tarn Taran SSP K S Dhillon to withdraw the complaint.
The girls 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.