statesman news service
CHANDIGARH, 27 JUNE: In yet another embarrassment for Punjab Police in the case related to thrashing of a Taran Taran girl by the cops in full public view, the main witness in the assault has alleged that he was offered Rs 20 lakh and a government job by a sub-inspector (SI) to turn hostile.
After the witness, Mr Jagjit Singh came out with 12 audio recordings of conversations with SI Mr Gurmeet Singh to support his allegation, the latter has been suspended with immediate effect for forcing the witness to change his statement before Jalandhar divisional commissioner Mr SR Ladhar who is probing the case.
The SI had approached the witness at the insistence of SI Mr Sukhbir, the then Station House Officer, Tarn Taran, who was suspended after the girl, Miss Harbarinder Kaur, 22, from Usma village was assaulted outside a marriage palace in Tarn Taran on 3 March.
As per the audio conversations, SI Mr Gurmeet Singh asked Mr Jagjit Singh, who is the victim&’s cousin and video recorded the girl&’s thrashing in full public view, to turn hostile before the inquiry officer in lieu of Rs 20 lakh in cash and a job in the police department.
Meanwhile, Miss Kaur alleged that the inquiry conducted by Mr Ladhar was a sham as the latter has connived with the accused cops. “The inquiry should be conducted from outside the state,” she said.
Some policemen had assaulted Miss Kaur in full public view on a main road in Tarn Taran. Video footage of the incident flashed on TV channels showed that the cops slapped the woman, roughed her up and had hit her with batons.
While police claimed that the woman&’s family had misbehaved with the cops, Miss Kaur said she had complained to the policemen after some truck drivers teased her, but instead of taking action, they attacked her and her father.