BSP, Valmiki leaders meet DIG over Dalit `torture'

Ludhiana, Oct 30: Local leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party and the district Valmiki Sabha, under the leadership of D.P. Khosla met the Ludhiana Range Deputy Inspector General of Police today and presented a memorandum. The representation alleged that on October 29, ASI Jaswinder Singh of CIA Staff went to house of chairman of the district Valmiki Sabha Ram Parkash Gill and left currency notes worth Rs 7,000. Again, the same police official went to Gill's house today and left Rs 7,000. The representation added that the official concerned did this only to hide his guilt. The representation demanded that a case be registered against the official. When contacted, Gill said ASI Jaswinder Singh had asked him to take the money and back out from pursuing the case of Rakesh Kumar, alias Mintu, who was allegedly tortured at CIA office on October 13, who is admitted at a private hospital.

Rakesh Kumar was arrested under the Gambling Act on October 11 and was later released on bail. However, on October 13, the police brought him to CIA office, where he was allegedly beaten up by ASI Jaswinder Singh and others.

When contacted, ASI Jaswinder Singh categorically denied the charges levelled against him by the BSP and the Valmiki leaders. He said if he was bribing anyone, then the most logical choice would have been Mintu, who was ill and getting treatment at the hospital. Moreover, he claimed that he was away to some place on October 13.

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