A deputation of the state unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) met Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora in Chandigarh and apprised him of the alleged custodial torture of their leaders by the Fazilka police. The deputation was led by Bant Singh Brar, state secretary of the party, and Jagroop Singh, member, party’s state council.
While talking to The Tribune over the phone, Brar said their two leaders, Hans Raj Golden, secretary, district unit, and All-Indian Kisan Sabha district president Surinder Singh Dhandian, were allegedly tortured in custody on the directions of Fazilka SSP Ketan Baliram Patil. A case was registered under Sections 353 and 188 of the IPC against Golden and Dhandia, besides eight other activists and 40-50 unidentified persons.
“We have demanded a fair inquiry and cancellation of case against the leaders,” said Brar. The delegation said the DGP assured them that he would mark an inquiry into the incident and appropriate action would be taken against guilty police officers. The party’s district unit held a meeting and decided to hold a protest in Jalalabad on January 22. They also decided to burn the effigy of the police in villages.