HC or­ders time-bound probe into ‘strip­ping’ of three men at Khanna po­lice sta­tion

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PE­TI­TION OF THREE PER­SONS, IN­CLUD­ING A FA­THER-SON DUO, WHO WERE AL­LEGEDLY STRIPPED NAKED AND A VIDEO OF THE ACT WAS SHOT

CHANDI­GARH: The Pun­jab and Haryana high court on Fri­day di­rected Pun­jab di­rec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (DGP) to con­duct a time­bound probe -- by a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT), if re­quired -into the al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing strip­ping of three men at the Khanna po­lice sta­tion in Lud­hi­ana last year.

“The facts, as men­tioned in the pe­ti­tion along with the doc­u­ments, should make us hang our head in shame that we are liv­ing in a so­ci­ety al­low­ing such things to hap­pen by an of­fi­cial of the po­lice depart­ment, ... at the be­hest of an in­flu­en­tial per­son ... for their own mo­tives,” the bench of jus­tice Nir­maljit Kaur ob­served.

The re­port of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency along with ac­tion taken re­port be placed be­fore the court on the next date of hear­ing, the bench added, post­ing the mat­ter for July 8.

The high court acted on the pe­ti­tion of three per­sons, in­clud­ing a fa­ther-son duo, who were al­legedly stripped naked and a video of the act was shot.

They had de­manded that an FIR be reg­is­tered against the erring po­lice of­fi­cial for un­law­ful con­fine­ment, record­ing naked videos and fur­ther cir­cu­lat­ing it. They had also de­manded that steps be taken to en­sure their safety.

The com­plainants be­long to Khanna and come from sched­uled caste (SC) fam­i­lies.

The DGP had al­ready or­dered a probe into the mat­ter in April. How­ever, com­plainants’ coun­sel DS Sobti had told the court that in spite of the DGP or­der­ing a probe. noth­ing has hap­pened so far.

The video was shot in June 2019, when pe­ti­tion­ers were picked up by the po­lice al­legedly at the be­hest of a lo­cal Congress leader. The al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing strip­ping are against the then Khanna Sadar SHO, Baljin­der Singh.

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