‘Lathi charge on affected families’ Court directs SSP Kathua to conduct preliminary enquiry

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Court today directed SSP Kathua to conduct preliminary enquiry into the alleged lathicharge on the families affected by Thein Dam in Lakhanpur.

Sub Judge (Special Mobile Magistrate), Kathua, Sunil Sangra directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Kathua to conduct preliminary enquiry into the allegations leveled by the affected persons of Thein Dam under Section 202 CrPC.

The court also directed the SSP, Kathua to submit the report thereafter in the court on or before the next date of hearing i.e. September 10, 2016. The court directed that the SSP Kathua shall also give the due representation to the applicants / affected persons of Thein Dam during preliminary enquiry.

Court directions were passed in a complaint filed by aggrieved persons of Thein Dam through Advocate Appu Singh seeking directions to the SHO Police Station Lakhanpur in terms of Section 156 (3) CrPC to register FIR against Bharat Bhushan, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Avtar Singh, Tehsildar Kathua, Bhoj Raj, Naib Tehsildar Kathua, Kuljeet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Police Lines Kathua and Ripesh Sambyal, SHO Police Station Lakhanpur.

Advocate Appu Singh appearing for the applicants submitted that on August 1st, 2016, the applicants  alongwith 500 affected persons of Thein Dam belonging to 22 villages of Tehsil Basohli and Mahanpur were peacefully protesting near Golden Gate, Jakhatpur Morh, Lakhanpur with regard to non-settlement of the issue of rehabilitation, compensation, submergence of un-acquired land and un-employment caused due to the construction of the Thein dam Project Basohli. While the demonstrators were peacefully protesting, the police came.

During the course of arguments Advocate Appu Singh further submitted that the police without any provocation and without giving the protestors a chance to respond to the situation started beating the demonstrators and this process of lathi charge continued for the next 30 minutes.

The police not only pushed and slapped them but also hit them with shoes and verbally abused them with dire consequences.

Sunil Sangra, Sub Judge (Special Mobile Magistrate), Kathua, after considering the submissions of Advocate Appu Singh observed that the applicants have leveled serious allegations against the non-applicants who are Government Officials at District Headquarters in the office of Deputy Commissioner Kathua as well as in Police Department Kathua.

The applicants have alleged that the non-applicants are public servants and have committed the alleged offences during course of discharging their official duties for which the applicants approached to the police agency for registration of FIR against them but due to inaction of police agency the applicants have approached this court for registration of FIR against the non-applicants.

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