Cops do it again: Fireman on way to job ‘beaten up’ by ASI

Jaiswar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 26

A day after a man was thrashed by the police after chasing him to his residence, who had gone outside with his 8-month-old pregnant wife to get medicines for her, a fireman, who was going to his office, was allegedly beaten up an ASI, identified as Tarsem Singh, at a checkpoint here on Thursday. According to information, the incident took place despite the fact that the victim had a curfew pass.

Agitated over the incident, fire brigade officials took fire tenders to the Gate Hakima police station and lodged a protest. The victim has been identified as Naresh Sharma, who stays at his aunt’s house.

The victim’s father Pawan Sharma, who had also served in the Fire Brigade Department, said the police initially tried to hush up the case. He said after sanitising some areas, including Roop Nagar, Anngarh and Bharariwal, at night, Naresh was told join the duty for assisting in fumigation.

He said after receiving a call from his office in the morning, he left his house. He was stopped near the Gate Hakim naka by cops and when he told that he was going to his office, the policemen said he was not allowed to move on roads.

The victim’s father said Naresh was thrashed with sticks by ASI Tarsem Singh. Naresh suffered an injury on his wrist and there was a whipping mark on his back.

Fire brigade officials demanded immediate suspension of the ASI and registration of a case against him.

The Gate Hakima police have written to the Police Commissioner recommending immediate suspension of the ASI. In their report, they said a number of complaints of misbehaviour were received against the ASI.

On Wednesday, a woman, identified as Renu Bala, had accused two policemen of thrashing her husband Sukhdev Singh when they went outside to get medicine for her. The cops even chased her husband to his house in the Sultanwind Road area here. The incident was captured in CCTV cameras. Sukhdev suffered an injury in his nose and was admitted to hospital.

Cops are facing flak from residents who said they were using their powers in this hour of crisis.

Police Commissioner Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said the incident was brought to his notice and action had been initiated against the accused cops. He said they were looking into the second incident.

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