Tribune News Service
Patiala, April 13
A day after the Delhi Police denied that gangster-turned-social activist Lakha Sidhana’s cousin Gurdeep Singh Mundi Sidhana was “tortured”, the latter, in his statement to the Patiala police, has alleged illegal detention. Following this, the Patiala police wrote to their Delhi counterparts “for necessary action” in this regard.
In a statement before a team of police officials of the Urban Estate police station, Patiala, on Monday, Mundi alleged physical torture and abduction by the special cell of the Delhi Police while he was on his way to Punjabi University on April 8 with his friend Gurpreet Singh. Gurdeep said they were presented before a senior police officer of the cell before being “let off” on April 9, a day before he got admitted to a Bathinda hospital.
Allegations baseless: special cell DCP
Delhi special cell DCP Sanjeev Yadav said they had been conducting raids to nab Lakha Sidhana and there was no reason to physically torture anyone. “For us, Lakha is one of the hundreds already arrested and wanted in the Delhi violence case. No one other than his cousin has alleged torture,” Yadav added.
Patiala SSP Vikramjeet Duggal told The Tribune: “As for now, we have written to the Delhi Police following the statement and medico-legal report. These are being shared with the DCP, special cell, Delhi Police, for necessary action at their end. Mundi’s statement is with us.”
Sources, however, said the Patiala police were neither informed nor taken into confidence about the Delhi Police operation in and around Patiala. “Bathinda and Punjab Police came to know about the alleged picking up of Gurdeep Singh from the authorities at the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, and from media reports,” said a top official.
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