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Bhatla social boycott: 2 DSPs among 6 cops to face probe

September 24, 2018 06:05 AM


Bhatla social boycott: 2 DSPs among 6 cops to face probe
Kumar Mukesh TNN


In a case that has lingered on for over a year for want of action against the social boycott of the Dalits in the Bhatla village of Hisar, assistant sessions judge D R Chalia has directed the Hansi Police to inquire into the alleged inaction by six police personnel, including two deputy superintendents of the police, in the matter.

The special court set up under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention Act has also ordered to produce the investigation report of this case on October 19.

Advocate Rajat Kalson said a complaint was filed by Jai Bhagwan, a resident of Bhatla village of Hisar against Hansi DSP Narender Kadyan, DSP Vijender Kumar, Hansi City SHO Udeybhan Godara, Hansi Police Lines SI Ramesh Kumar, Hansi Sadar ASI Amrit Lal, and ASI Balbir Singh, under Sections 120-B, 166, 166-A, 217, 219, 419, 420, 463, 464, 465, 466, 468, 469, 471, 474, 477, 278 of the IPC and Sections 3(1)(p), 3 (q), 3(2)(i), 3(2)(ii) and 4 of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

In his complaint filed in the court, Jai Bhagwan said the Dalits of Bhatla village had been socially boycotted by other community of the village. He said other Dalit villagers, Vikash, Sunil Kumar and Rajesh Kumar were also the victims of this boycott. He said they had gathered evidence of the boycott and complained to the Hansi superintendent of police and district and sessions judge Pramod Goyal on various occasions. The Hisar district and sessions judge had marked it to the Hansi SP for necessary action, said the complainant.

He said after no action was taken on the matter for a while, he had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act where shocking revelations were made. Sub inspector Ramesh Kumar, in response to the RTI application, said the Hansi police had verbal orders of the Hisar sessions judge not to take any action, due to which grievances were being filed but no action was being taken, Jai Bhagwan added in his complaint.

Following this, they submitted the complaint to the district and sessions judge on May 24 and the court issued notice to the Hansi police for reply. After hearing both sides, the court, on June 27, sent its written recommendation to the DGP and the registrar of the Punjab and Haryana high court to take legal action against the above police officers for misusing the name of the Hisar sessions judge and not taking action.

The complainant said despite this recommendation when the police did not take any action, he filed his complaint to the court and the court ordered an inquiry in the matter and has sought report on October 19

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