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Old woman dies after cops slap her
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Batala, April 17
Some Punjab Police personnel allegedly assaulted an elderly woman in Dahiya village, about 15 km from here, today. The woman later died.

The incident occurred when Ravinder Singh, Udhanwal police post in charge, along with over half-a-dozen cops, reached the house of Bir Singh on the complaint of a former village sarpanch Mohinder Singh for settling a dispute with the former.

The cops reportedly thrashed Ranjit Singh and Manjit Singh, sons of Bir Singh. While bundling them in their vehicle the cops slapped their mother Surjit Kaur. Being a heart patient, Surjit Kaur was unable to bear the beating. She collapsed and died on the spot.

According to eyewitnesses, the police party did not get any medical help for the collapsed woman and allegedly drove away with Ranjit Singh and Manjit Singh to the police post leaving behind their sick mother.

Up in arms against highhandedness of the police, villagers immediately assembled at the spot and protested. They also informed the police about the death of the woman following which the body was taken to the civil hospital, Batala.

Tension had been brewing in the village for some time after Bir Singh constructed a house, in which he had constructed some ventilators towards the fields (adjacent to his house) of Mohinder Singh. Mohinder Singh had objected to it and had sought police intervention today.

Talking to The Tribune Ajaib Singh, deputy superintendent of police, Quadian, said the police had been to the village to settle the dispute on the complaint of Mohinder Singh. Persons from both the parties were taken to the police post to settle the dispute.

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