Dalit accuses Congress leader, police officials of harassing family


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 6, 2017, 12:18 AM; last updated: Jun 6, 2017, 12:18 AM (IST)

Charanjit Singh (second from left) and Darshan Singh (second from right) speak to media in Amritsar on Monday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 5

Darshan Singh, a Dalit of Lakha Singh Wala Colony near Bhinder village, today accused a Congress leader and a former Station House Officer (SHO) of the Khalchian police station of harassing him and his family.
Addressing mediapersons at a press conference here, he alleged Congress leader Varinder Singh Vicky tried to forcibly evict him from this residential property at Lakha Singh Wala Colony.
Darshan Singh was accompanied by workers of several political parties, including Shiromani Akali Dal. Those present include Charanjit Singh Bhinder of the Lok Insaf Party, Surinder Pal Singh Nambarbar, a SAD leader, and Balkar Singh, a communist leader.
According to Darshan, he has a piece of land near a religious shrine in Bhinder village. However, due to the widening of road the village elders asked him to vacate his property and offered him a panchayat land adjoining Lakha Singh Wali village. He said he agreed to this and constructed his house on the land allotted to him. “Varinder Singh Vicky started harassing me as I did not support him during the panchayat elections in 2013. On his instructions, the then SHO Dilbagh Singh kept me in illegal detention and also beat me up at the police station on May 30. They want to evict me from the land,” he said.
He sought action against the accused cops and the Congress leader.
Charanjit Singh Bhinder, leader of the Lok Insaf Party, urged the SC Commission to provide justice to the victim.
Meanwhile, Varinder Singh refuted the allegations. He said Darshan Singh had a dispute with other Dalit families over the property. He said a woman had lodged a complaint against him for assaulting her.
Dilbagh Singh, former SHO, also denied the allegation. He said a woman of the village had filed a complaint against him and he was called for investigation. He rubbished the claims of harassment.
Harjit Singh, the current SHO, said Darshan Singh had lodged a complaint and the matter was being investigated.

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