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Cop suspended for ‘excesses’

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 17

Following the allegations of “police excesses†by the kin of Popi Singh, who died after sustaining serious injuries in a brawl with employees of a liquor vend at Jeewansinghwala village a few days ago, the SSP has placed ASI Phulveer Singh under suspension.

Demanding strict action against the policemen concerned, residents of Jeewansinghwala, Chathewala, Naseebpura, Tarkhanwala and Bhagi Bandar villages staged a protest outside the SSP office.

The kin of the deceased alleged that on the fateful night of October 13 when the liquor vend employees were beating up Popi and his friend the police “instead of stopping them also joined them in their violent actâ€.

They alleged that the police then took them to the police station thus delaying their treatment. Though the police had registered a case of murder against two employees of the liquor vend - Jasbir Singh and Maghi Ram, the protesters sought similar action against the policemen present on the spot.

The SSP, Mr Varinder Kumar, said he had asked the SP (D) to hold a thorough probe into the matter and submit a report.

Rally held against police brutality

Our Correspondent

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20061018/punjab2.htm#4

Barnala, October 17

Various farmer organistions held a rally to express solidarity with victims to police brutality at Bhadaur yesterday.

Supporting the families of the victims, the organisations demanded the release of 152 persons lodged in jails.

They demanded the dropping of charges under Sections 302 and 307, IPC, levelled against the arrested people.

A Jaba Virodhi Sangharash Committee (anti-repression struggle committee) was also formed to intensify the struggle against erring police personnel.

Members of various unions also took out a march through the main bazars of Bhadaur.

Addressing the rally, BKU Ekta (Ugrahan) state president Joginder Singh Ugrahan condemned the police brutality on protesters.

The family of a deceased, Rubin Masih, also took part in the rally.

Union leaders demanded Rs 10 lakh as compensation for Masih’s family and a government job for his wife. They also sought a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for those injured.

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