Dalit atrocity: SC panel meets victims

Illustration depicting a set of cut out printed letters arranged to form the word victim.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 26

A three-member committee of the Punjab State Scheduled Caste (SC) Commission today reached Bagga village in Majitha where Kashmir Singh, a Dalit, and his family members were allegedly harassed by a Congress leader.

Kashmir Singh’s wife Sawinder Kaur had approached the commission for justice. She had also alleged that her husband was kept in illegal detention by the Mattewal police. She alleged the accused also paraded him half naked with hands tied. She had said that the police, instead of acting on their complaint, had booked her son Jagroop Singh in a fabricated case at the behest of Congress leaders.

The incident came to light when former Cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia had raised the issue and stormed into a police-public meeting that was being presided over by ADGP (law and order) Rohit Chaudhry a few days ago.

Raj Singh, vice chairman of the Punjab SC Commission, is heading the three-member panel. Other members of the commission are Gian Chand and Bharti Kennedy. The team visited the spot where Kashmir Singh was tortured and the incident was recorded through mobile phones. They also recorded the statement of the victims and the suspects.

“We will be submitting the report to the commission chairman, Rajesh Bagga, by May 31,” Raj Singh said. The team has sought some more details. The suspect has refuted the charges, claiming he hadn’t captured the video, he said.

According to Raj Singh, the panel had asked the police officials to provide security to the victim family who are feeling insecure after the incident. Now, five policemen have been deputed for the family’s security. We have summoned some records and asked the cops to appear before the commission.

Gian Chand, another member of the commission, said the police had been asked to find out which mobile phone was used to record the incident and circulate in social media.

Former Punjab minister Gulzar Singh Ranike and other SAD leaders, including Malkeet Singh, Talbir Singh and Dalbir Singh Verka, were also present.

It may be recalled that the Amritsar rural police had already booked Congress worker Rinku, a resident of the same village. But no one has been arrested so far.


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