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Three Dalit children beaten up over theft

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Tribune News Service

Moga, August 8

Accusing three children of a poor Dalit family of stealing mobile phones, sleuths of the Moga police allegedly beat them up mercilessly at the Ajitwal police station a couple of days ago. They also beat up the mother of the children who went to the police station along with her husband to enquire about her children.

The issue came to light when the father of the children Jagjit Singh, a labourer, gave a written complaint to SSP Harmanbir Singh Gill, demanding legal action against SHO Jaswinder Singh and ASI Balwinder Singh. He alleged that the ASI committed atrocities on his children in the presence of the SHO at the police station.

"The ASI took my three children in the lock-up and removed their clothes. He started beating them up along with other cops. My wife pushed the door of the lock-up to open it. She was surprised to see that her children were naked and the cops were assaulting them. The cops also started beating her up", he alleged.

"They were released on the condition that I will not take them to a government hospital for check-up," he said.

Talking to a section of media, ASI Balwinder Singh denied the reports of assaulting the Dalit woman and her children.

The SSP did not respond to the calls. However, it is learnt that he had marked an inquiry into the incident.

from The Tribune

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