Policemen ‘assault’ Sangrur village sarpanch, woman
The Sunam constituency halqa incharge and other leaders have threatened to launch an indefinite agitation against policemen posted in the Sangrur Anti-Narcotics Cell for allegedly slapping Kheri Sahib village sarpanch, removing his turban and misbehaving with another woman Dalit member of the panchayat.
“We fully support the campaign against drugs, but policemen cannot slap elected representatives. On Saturday, members of the Anti-Narcotics Cell slapped Kheri Sahib sarpanch Avtar Singh, used derogatory language, removed his turban and also abused another Dalit panchayat member, Gurdev Kaur, when they refused to sign as witnesses in a drug recovery case. If the police fail to arrest the erring cops, we will launch an indefinite agitation from Tuesday,” said Daman Thind Bajwa, Sunam halqa incharge of the Congress.
As per information, five policemen raided Kheri Sahib village on Saturday and claimed to have recovered habit-forming tablets. But when panchayat members refused to become witnesses, as drugs were not recovered in their presence,, the cops “slapped and misbehaved” with them.
“How can I sign as a witness when the recovery was not made in front of me? The policemen abused me and tried to thrash me but I managed to flee and called the sarpanch, who was also thrashed later,” said Gurdev Kaur, panchayat member.
Meanwhile, village sarpanch Avtar Singh alleged that when he reached his house, three policemen caught hold of him and another slapped him repeatedly and removed his turban. He raised the alarm and when other villagers came to his support, the policemen fled.
“They used derogatory language against my caste,” the sarpanch added.
Sangrur SSP Sandeep Garg has ordered SP (D) to conduct an investigation.