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Arrested Sikh Youth Tortured in Patiala Police Custody; Lawyer Writes to High Court, Seeks Action

June 28, 2019 | By

Patiala: Arrested in connection with killing of Mohinderpal Bittu, main accused of Bargari beadi case, Jaspreet Singh alias Nihal Singh was physically and mentally tortured by patiala police, said his lawyer. Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, council for Jaspreet Singh has reported the alleged torture to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

A file photo of Jaspreet Singh in police custody

In a complaint to the High Court, moved on behalf of Jaspreet Singh’s mother Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said that on 26 June 2019, Rajinder Kaur, mother of Jaspreet Singh, came to know through newspaper that on 25 June her son was implicated by the police in a murder case.

Notably, Jaspreet Singh was already lodged in Maximum Security Jail Nabha in a murder case since august 2016.

According to the complaint Rajinder Kaur went to the court of Gurbhinder Singh Johal, Duty Magistrate, Patiala on 27 June at 9 am to meet her son but by that time Jaspreet Singh was already produced before the court and was remanded to police custody till 29 June.

After that Rajinder Kaur went to CIA Staff Patiala where her son kept in police custody and police officials permitted her to meet her son and at that time Jaspreet Singh was not able to stand and appeared to be physically tortured. According to Rajinder Kaur her son was mentally drained and was not even able to speak.

Maintaining that the Patiala police tortured Jaspreet Singh physically and mentally, and accusing the magistrate for not following the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India (SCI) regarding the court appearance of arrested persons, the complaint seeks appropriate action.

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