File report, rights panel directs SSP
Jalandhar January 9:
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has asked the Hoshiarpur SSP to file a report in connection with the alleged escape of Karanvir, alias Bablu, a terrorist, from police custody.
Taking serious note of the complaint filed by the Kapurthala district president of the World Human Rights Protection Council (WHRPC), Surinder Mittal, PSHRC members - Justice Baldev Singh and LR Roojam - directed the SSP to file a report in this regard by the next date of hearing fixed for January 27. In its one-page direction, the PSHRC stated that it took cognisance of the matter because serious allegations were levelled by the complainant against the Hoshiarpur district police.
Urging the PSHRC for an independent inquiry into the matter, Mittal alleged there were rumours that Karanvir Singh was in fact killed in custody and his escape was shown. In his complaint, Mittal said this was not understandable as to why and how Karanvir had been allowed to go unattended and how he managed to broke open ‘jali’ located on 14 ft height from the floor. He alleged that there was something fishy about the police claim regarding his escape. Interestingly, some of the constables were later suspended and a reward had also been announced for the arrest of Karanvir, Mittal added.