Patiala, Nov 29 (UNI) A lower court here sentenced two inspectors and two constables to three years rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of 15,000 each for abducting, illegally detaining and torturing members of a family to pressurise one of their relatives to withdraw a complaint filed against them.
The local court had framed charges against Inspector Des Raj, SI Gurmail Singh, ASIs Teja Singh, Naib Singh and Ranjit Singh and Head Constables Karamjit Singh and Pritam Singh in 2001.
While Ranjit Singh died during the case, Additional Sessions judge Bhupinder Singh yesterday exonerated Des Raj and Naib Singh in the case.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court in August, 1996, had directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the case following a petition filed by Gurdeep Kaur, resident of Gurusar village in Muktsar district and her brothers Gurmit Singh and Gurcharan Singh.
The CBI probe revealed that Gurmit Singh, one of the petitioners, who was posted as Special Police Officer (SPO) at Sadar police station, Muktsar, was illegally detained and tortured by Head constables Karamjit Singh and Pritam Singh.
When he filed a criminal complaint in the court of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, his family was also abducted, illegally detained and tortured at various places by the police in order to pressurise him to withdraw the case or reach a compromise with the police officials, the CBI report said.
The CBI in its chargesheet had accused the police officials of having committed offences under sections 120 (b), 342, 343, 346 and 211, IPC.