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Soldier alleges assault by police, probe marked

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Tribune News Service

Ropar, August 12

A constable of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), posted in Kashmir, has alleged that he was thrashed at the Anandpur Sahib police station during the Hola Mohalla festival.

Hardeep Singh claimed that he was let off only after a local intervened and he tendered a written apology to the police. He claimed that the incident left him mentally disturbed. Incidentally, the then SHO Bharat Bhushan had been sent to the Police Lines for allegedly hushing up a rape case.

Hardeep said he had come to his home at Bajrur village on March 9, along with his friends Narinder Singh, Surjeet Singh and Tarlok Singh during. They decided to go to Anandpur Sahib to pay obeisance on the occasion of Hola Mohalla.

After reaching Anandpur Sahib, Surjeet and Tarlok got separated due to the rush. After some time Hardeep received a call from Tarlok that they had been taken to the police station. He claimed that when he reached the police station, he saw cops thrashing Surjeet.

Hardeep said Tarlok told him that they fell in trouble when Surjeet raised objections over a police jeep blowing hooter. “The police, however, told him that they had misbehaved, so they were being punished,” he said. Hardeep alleged that even when he showed his identity card to the then SHO and requested him to leave Surjeet, he didn’t budge.

“I told him that if Surjeet had done anything wrong he could register a case against him, but thrashing him was not justified,” he added. Hardeep claimed that on this Bharat Bhushan got enraged and ordered other policemen to remove his turban and thrash him. They were let off after signing an apology, he said.

Meanwhile, Bharat Bhushan said Hardeep, along with his friends, was involved in hooliganism due to which they were brought to the police station and allowed to leave after he tendered an apology. SSP Akhil Chaudhary said he had asked the SP to probe the complaint.

from The Tribune

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