1) Gang Rape by Police in Hoshiarpur
On 1.10.97 Jasbir Kaur, from Village Atal Garh, Hoshiarpur, was raped by
3 police officers in front of her husband, Gurmukh Singh, in a
police cell where he had been taken for questioning. She was also raped
by the DSP of the police station on 2.10.97.
On 30.9.97 Mr Singh was taken into custody, and released without
questioning on the condition that he returned the next day. He
returned at 8am on 1.10.97 and was questioned by 4 police officers,
including DSP Sushil Kumar. He was chained up and given electric
shocks. His wife was brought to the police station later and raped in
front of him. On 3.10.97 Gurmukh Singh was taken to CIA Staff
Hoshiarpur were he received further torture. The couple were released on
5.10.97 after the intervention of relatives and members of the
panchayat. They were forced to sign blank papers before being released.
2) Villages Abused By Kotkapura DSP
Villagers of Roori Kapura village, 20 km from Faridkot, were rounded up
and on 16.5.97 by DSP Kashmira Singh Bhinder. The DSP forced
shopkeepers, shoppers, commuters and 2 children to lie on the floor at
the bus stand. He then proceeded to hit them.
DSP Kashmira Singh is renowned for his brutality. Days before he beat 5
youths in the courtyard of his official residence. An enquiry
found him guilty, but he remains on duty. The DIG of Faridkot has stated
that action will be taken.
3) Man Beaten To Death By Bilaspur Police
Jagsir Singh, aged 25, was dragged from his house and beaten unconscious
in the street, in front of 10 people, on 28.5.97 by 4 police
officers from Bilaspur police post under the control of Nihal Singwala
police station. His body was then dumped in a pond in Bilaspur
village. Jagsir's mother, Nasib Kaur, had her thigh fractured as she
tried to stop the police. His father, Major Singh, who is believed to
made a small complaint to the police earlier in the day, was forced to
sign blank pages.
DSP Sarbjit Singh, from Police Station Nihal Singwala, claims that
Jagsir Singh jumped in the pond to escape the police and avoid
questioning. The Officer-in-charge of police post Bilaspur denied that
his officers had harmed the deceased. A post-mortem conducted at,
Faridkot Medical College showed multiple contusions to the thighs and
back, consistent with the account of the witnesses.
4) Inspector General Of Crime Abused Villagers
On 14.5.97 Kulwant Singh Heer (IG) is alleged to have lead a large group
of police officers to the home of his niece, Parminder Kaur in
Ludhiana, and attacked several members of her in-laws family, on
suspicion that they were maltreating Ms Kaur. Residents of the area
intervened after Mr Heer forced the family to apologise at gunpoint, and
rub their noses in the dirt outside their house. Members of the
family has already spent some time in the illegal custody of the IG. The
district Congress chief and BJP legislator joined the residents in
demanding an apology and action against the police. The Chief Minister
also ordered an enquiry. IG Heer is on 'leave'.
5) Death Of Balbir Singh At Nabha Police Station
On the afternoon of 28.7.97 residents of Village Thandi then saw a
police vehicle standing on the bridge of Sirhind canal and a body
thrown into the canal. Balbir Singh's body was recovered the next
morning after an extensive search by the villagers. The post-mortem
revealed multiple injuries, including burn marks and a fractured neck.
Witnesses saw police from CIA Staff Nabha dragging him into a
police van on of 27.7.97. Modan Singh and a member of the village
panchayat later saw him being tortured at the police station.
Punjab State has alleged that Mr Balbir Singh has escaped from the
police vehicle and had jumped into the canal, where he drowned.
They made no attempt to explain the burn injuries. The CBI have been
ordered by Justice V.S.Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High
Court to investigate Balbir Singh's death. However, such enquiries take
many months, and often come to no conclusion.
6) Dalit Man Tortured To Death In Goraya, Jalandhar
On 1.9.97 a Dalit known as Jagnoo died in custody in Goraya police
station after police torture. The body was cremated by the police. A
post-mortem report cited various injuries. He had been picked up by the
police on August 31 after making a complaint to the police. On
1.10.97 his cousin Sant Ram was called to the police station, where he
saw Jagnoo lying unconscious. He tried to follow the police van
that took him away, and was later told that Jagnoo had died in hospital.
The Superintendent of Police of Jalandhar, Sharad Chohan, has been asked
to investigate the matter, and a Sub-Divisional Magistrate
from Phillaur has been ordered to hold an inquiry. Press reports suggest
that Assistant Sub-Inspector Kulwant Singh of Goraya police
station has been charged under sections 302 (murder) and 342 (wrongful
confinement) of the Indian Penal Code, but these have not been
confirmed. There is no indication that the police officer has been
remanded in custody or suspended.
7) Custodial Death In Moga
A public enquiry is being held over the death of a 15 year old in police
custody in Moga. Dimple, also known as Raj, reportedly died after
consuming kerosene oil while in custody. The girl detained with Malkiat
Singh, a boy from her village, Dhalake, after they absconded to
Uttar Pradesh. The police refused to allow a post-mortem on her body but
after demonstrations her body was returned to her grandmother. The
police placed responsible for the girl's death on the women constables
who were supervising the girl.
8) Minor Tortured In Kotwali Police Station
A 16 year old called Bhupinder Singh was admitted to Dayanand Medical
College in Ludhiana with kidney damage and other severe
injuries after being tortured in Kotwali police station on 24.5.97. The
torture came to light after an investigation by the People's Union for
Civil Liberties. It appears that Bhupinder Singh was taken into custody
after a fight with some boys while waiting for his matriculation
results. The parents of one of the boys knew a policeman and got the boy
and his father taken into custody. The district police officer Mr
Barinder Kumar Uppal has attacked the report as 'misleading and
baseless', denying that a minor could be tortured in a police station.
case has been reported to the DGP, the Chief Minister and the National
Human Rights Commission.
9) Custodial Death In Malerkotla
2 police officers from Ahmedgarh police station in Malerkotla were
arrested over the suspicious death of Baru Ram, son of Gian Chand, in
police custody. He was arrested by the police on 29.8.97 and declared
dead on arrival at the Civil Hospital in Malerkotla on 12.9.97. A First
Instance Report was registered against SHO Harinderpaul Singh and SPO
Shamsher Singh for murder (s.302 IPC).
Investigations Into Police Actions
1) CBI To Investigate Death Of Amrik Singh In
Amrik Singh died in police custody on 9.5.95. The police stated that he
committed suicide while in custody. The Punjab and Haryana High
Court issued 8 police with arrest Warrants, but these will not be
executed until the CBI have completed their report.
2) CBI To Investigate Killing Of Sukhpal Singh
The CBI will investigate the murder of news editor Sukhpal Singh Palli
in July 1994. Sangrur SSP Jaswinder Singh is a chief suspect.
3) NHRC Investigate Illegal Detention In Bathinda
A two-member delegation from the National Human Rights Commission
visited Bathinda on 10.11.97 to investigate the kidnapping of Ms
Neena Rani on 18.8.97. She was kept in illegal detention by CIA Staff
Bathinda until 30.8.97. She suffered severe torture during her
detention. She also complained that the police officers involved, named
as Inspector Budh Singh, Deputy Superintendent Brij Mohan
Sharma, Sub-Inspector Mr Hardev Singh and others, stole a number of
items from her house, including gold and cash. The police had
suspected Ms Rani's brother and husband to be involved in a murder case.
The District Police Chief vehemently denied that Ms Rani had ever been
detained illegally. However, Mr Budh Singh, one of the
accused, has now been suspended in connection with another infamous
case, involving the stripping of a widow.
Charges Against Police
1) SHO Harvinder Singh, For Death Of Narinder
Singh In Police Custody
SHO Harvinder Singh, of police station C in Amritsar, and 2 other
officers, have been charged with the death of Narinder Singh on the
night of 30.6.97. Narinder Singh was declared dead on arrival at
hospital. An investigation by SSP P.S.Gili revealed that Mr Singh was
taken into custody that day at the request of local residents who
complained that he was having an affair with the wife of a local man.
2) Daljit Singh Bhullar, Punjab's Additional
Director General Of Police, Charged With Murder By The CBI.
Bhullar surrendered to the Patiala courts on 10.5.97, and was remanded
in judicial custody, for involvement in the murder of a scientist,
Paramjeet Singh Sahota, and his 2 associates in September 1996. Their
bodies were found in a burnt out car near Khanna. An Assistant
Sub-Inspector and 3 other men have also been remanded in custody in
connection with the murders.
3) 5 Patiala Police Charged, Over 3 Killings
5 policemen from Patiala have been charged by the CBI with killing 3
people, including a 3 year old boy. Jaswinder Singh, his son Arvinder
Singh and his brother-in-law Jasvir Singh were shot by the police in
July 1992. The police alleged that the men 'resembled' armed Punjab
separatists (even though one was only 3 years old). The case gives
further credence to tile belief that the police operated a shoot-to-kill
policy in the region for many years. The charges from the CBI are a
result of a private complaint filed in the Sessions Court by a relative
the deceased. The CBI found that the bullets had been fired from police
guns - AK-47s and 56s.
4) 3 Police Officers Arrested Over Death Of Kashmir Singh
A Sub-Inspector and 2 Sub-Inspectors have been arrested in connection
with the murder of Kashmir Singh on March14. The investigation
is still continuing, and further arrests are possible.
5) Mansa Policeman Charged Over Torture
An Assistant Sub-Inspector has been charged with torture and extortion,
as a result of an enquiry into the torture of Hardev Singh, a farmer
from Kulana village, who was tortured at a friend's house when he
refused to hand over money on loan from the Fisheries Department.
The ASI forced him to fill in a withdrawal form from the bank where the
money was deposited and took Rs 557 and a watch. The ASI's
plan was almost stopped by vigilant bank staff, who complained that the
signature did not match their specimen signature. However, the
AS! fetched Hardev Singh and forced him to sign the withdrawal form in
the bank. Rs 1300 was then taken from his account. Hardev Singh was threatened with 'dire consequences' if he complained.