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Mann demands time-bound CBI probe into custodial deaths, suicides

Chandigarh, Aug 14 (UNI) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab unit chief and MP Bhagwant Mann has demanded a time-bound CBI probe into the unending spree of custodial deaths and suicides in the state.
In a statement here on Wednesday, the AAP MP said during the tenure of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh more than one-and-a-half dozen people had perished in various Punjab jails under police custody, a majority of them facing charges of drug peddling.
He further said the latest example in the series being mysterious death of ASI Avtar Singh, who shot self dead while in custody in Amritsar. The ASI was arrested on the night of August 11, along with his colleague Sub Inspector Zorawar Singh on the charge of drug trafficking.
Mann said almost identical data of custodial death being provided by Punjab Police and the government as well regarding which, he said, was matter of grave concern.
He said, ''This is not an ordinary phenomenon. These incidents could be defined as a thought-out design to ‘eliminate’ material evidence to offer protective cover to those behind the high-profile drug lords enjoying political patronage and, therefore, a time-bound probe by the CBI was of paramount importance since the role of state police force was under scanner.''
Mr Mann said the recent death of Gurpinder Singh in police custody in Amritsar was startling revelation added to the series of recurring incidents. Singh, a salt traders, had been accused of smuggling heroin worth billions of rupees from across Pakistan. This spoke volumes of the well-organised drug trade across the country, he said.
The AAP MP lamented that after the death of Jaspal Singh of Faridkot under custody, the mysterious suicide committed by police inspector Narindra Singh, remained a mystery till date even as highest number of deaths under custody/suicides under the custody of Ludhiana police had been reported during the past more than two years.
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Biaora aftermath: BJP leader makes defamatory remark against Collector

23 Jan 2020 | 3:43 AM

Rajgarh, MP, Jan 22 (UNI) Amidst Madhya Pradesh’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party bigwigs’ presence at a demonstration against the “attitude” of the Collector and other administrative officials in Biaora, erstwhile minister Badrilal Yadav’s statement sparked off fresh controversy.
While addressing the gathering, the politician accused the lady Collector of supporting ruling Congress workers while turning Nelson’s eye to their saffron counterparts and unleashed an insulting remark that went viral in social media. Subsequently, Congress leaders adopted a belligerent stance by placing the BJP in the crosshairs and saying that the objectionable comment humiliated entire womanhood.

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Biaora incident snowballs as Vijayvargiya warns MP govt

23 Jan 2020 | 3:23 AM

Rajgarh, MP, Jan 22 (UNI) Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday warned Madhya Pradesh’s Congress dispensation that it would have to pay the price if it took saffron camp workers lightly.
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Biaora incident: MPHC issues notices

23 Jan 2020 | 2:44 AM

Indore, MP, Jan 22 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed issuance of notices – seeking responses in a period not exceeding four weeks – to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secy (Home), Rajgarh Collector, Superintendent of Police and Deputy Collector in connection with the Biaora town “incident” wherein administrative officials “misbehaved” with a political party’s workers.
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