Chandigarh: Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), the panel established to protect the rights of people, having already lost its credibility after it got defunct long way back, continues to shock with lack of professionalism and ineptitude. Sprinkling the salt on the wounds of victims of police atrocity, the PSHRC has again come up shocking the complainants this time. The panel which receives 60 per cent of its total complaints against the Punjab police maintains no record of the action taken against the erring policemen.
As reported earlier in Daily Post, the state human rights commission has no functioning body and the member along with the chairperson have retired from their posts, but it continues to receive complaints against the Punjab police. According to an RTI filled by Rajdeep Singh, social activists who run an NGO ‘Umeed’, in which the state human rights panel was asked to give the information of those Punjab police officials against whom the action has been taken or who have been punished by the court of law.
Former top cops of the state and political fraternity have taken a jibe on this against the present running of the PSHRC. former Punjab Director General of police Shashikant said that this commission was formed with ifs and buts’ and I was serving the state at that point of time. He alleged that this commission like any other commission consists of people who are primarily ‘yes men’ of the government. The government adjusts their people in the commission and they remain there trying to please the government only.
MP from Anandpur Sahib Prem Singh Chandumajra, defending the police on this issue said that sometimes the police have to use other ways to protect the people since they maintain the law and order in the state.MP from Sangurur Bhagwant Mann said that even nursery and LKG class students’ records are kept by the school and it is shameful that the PSHRC is so non-serious about something which directly involves the common man, and no record is being maintained by them. He also lashed out at the Punjab police accusing the police that almost 90 per cent of the calls he receives from people everyday are against them.
In 2011, Jagshir, a Dalit Sikh from Pabbian in Mullahpur, was falsely booked for committing a fraud and put in jail for seven months. However, when Jagshir demanded action against the police officer concerned for keeping him in illegal custody for nearly two days, the police began to dilly-dallying the matter. He had filed a complaint in this regard before PSHRC in 2012 but only to receive a reply that he had filed a baseless complaint.
In April 2016, Inderpal Singh, a Ludhiana based shopkeeper committed suicide by throwing himself under the train after blaming cops in a suicide note posted on social networking website Facebook.
In May 2016, a 24-year-old Muktsar resident, Ajmer Singh alias Jimmy Sidhu, was killed in a police encounter near Dabri Khana village on the Kotkapura-Bathinda road . The police claimed that Jimmy was a member of a criminals’ gang operating in Malwa, but his family members accused the police of killing him in a staged encounter on the directions of an influential liquor contractor.
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