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Batala case: women’s panel seeks report
Maneesh Chhibber
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Taking notice of the alleged incident of a Batala-based pregnant woman losing her baby due to the thrashing that she received at the hands of three Punjab Police personnel and a driver yesterday, the Punjab State Commission for Women today sought a status report from the SSP, Gurdaspur. The report will be submitted within seven days.

Taking cognisance of a report published in The Tribune headlined "Cops beat up pregnant woman, killing baby," the chairperson of the commission, Ms Parminder Kaur, also directed the SSP, Gurdaspur, to depute an officer not below the rank of SP to probe the matter.

Batala police personnel posted as gunmen to a CPI leader of Harchowal village had allegedly thrashed a pregnant woman of Dullowana village leading to the death of her baby.

The provocation was an altercation that took place between one of the accused, constable Sukhpal Singh, and the husband of the woman a few days ago. The constable, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, was also beaten up by the husband, Kamaljit Singh.

In her order, Ms Parminder Kaur observed that the case threw a serious challenge: if protectors of the law decided to take the law into their own hands and, in order to settle personal scores, became violators of law, a dangerous situation would arise.

 



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