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Girls allege torture, Jaito cop shifted 

Faridkot: In the thick of controversy over the death of DSP Baljinder Singh Sandhu and Constable Lal Singh, and with two girl students alleging torture at his hands, Jaito SHO Gurmeet Singh was today shifted to the Faridkot Police Lines, hours after Punjab DGP Suresh Arora attended the cremation of the two officials.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Later in the day, a delegation of students and farmers submitted a memorandum to Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh, demanding “legal action” against the SHO, blaming him for the death of his colleagues and for the “third-degree” torture of students Gurmeet Kaur and Sukhpreet Kaur, who were admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital today. They were rounded up with two others on January 29 after the DSP’s death at the Punjabi University Regional Centre in Jaito.With multiple contusions on their face and body, the girls alleged that the SHO wanted to implicate some students in a false case. Gurmeet and Sukhpreet claimed the SHO on January 12 picked up three students, two boys and a girl, while they were waiting for a bus. The boys were brutally thrashed in lockup. The girl was roughed up. Enraged, Jaito students demanded an unconditional apology.“DSP Baljinder Singh prevailed upon the SHO to tender an apology, but he did not show up. The students then launched an agitation on January 29. To torpedo their stir, the SHO sent his goons. Upset with the SHO’s behaviour, the DSP shot himself out of frustration,” Gurmeet Kaur said. The Faridkot SSP said the allegation of torture would be investigated.

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