Senior cops yet to see videos
Chandigarh March 24:
It has been six days since Chandigarh policemen were caught on camera smashing and damaging vehicles of Punjab Youth Congress workers while trying to ''control'' protesters near Beant Singh Memorial Complex, Sector 42.
While the act has raised many eyebrows, senior police officials are claiming they are yet to check video footage of the day. Senior advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Atul Lakhanpal, while taking to reporters, said, ''The act of the cops was deplorable and they should be punished like other criminals. How can a disciplinary force do that? Guilty cops should be strictly punished as a lesson for others.''
Condemning the act of cops, another lawyer, Lakhraj Sharma, said, ''It is shocking how police can smash vehicles instead of taking measures to stop the rally. The act of vandalism by cops is highly condemnable. Besides action against errant cops, strict measures should be taken, so that such things are not repeated in the future.''
Ravneet Singh Bittu, president of Punjab Youth Congress and Fathegarh Sahib MP, who led the rally, told reporters, ''I have discussed the matter with senior lawyers of the party and we will soon file a complaint in this regard with home ministry as well as Chandigarh police. The vandalism of cops is not tolerable as 120 vehicles were targeted on the day of rally.''
When asked about the probe, SP (operations) RS Ghumman, who is conducting the inquiry into the matter said, ''I have asked for the footage of the spot and some other vital details related to the inquiry. We are looking into all the aspects.''