Haryana official accused of illegal detention

February 18th, 2008 - 1:19 pm ICT by admin  

Panchkula (Haryana), Feb 18 (IANS) A businessman motorist Monday accused a senior official in Haryana of detaining and assaulting him for several hours after he had a spat with the latter’s wife on a highway near here. Puneet Kumar alleged that Ambala Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin Friday first got him detained at the Derabassi police station in Punjab, 15 km from here.

The officer then took Kumar to his official residence in Ambala, 45 km away, and allegedly assaulted him for several hours.

Kumar, who was driving a Toyota Innova, said that all this happened after quarrelled with Shayin’s wife on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway at a toll bridge near Derabassi. The woman was in a Maruti car.

“I was punished for showing the audacity of arguing with the deputy commissioner’s wife,” Kumar said here.

“The Derabassi police illegally took me to the police station first and then the deputy commissioner arrived there in his official car with his armed guards and took me to Ambala.

“I was detained at his residence for over eight hours and forced to sign blank papers. I was beaten up, humiliated and illegally confined there,” Kumar alleged Monday.

The bureaucrat termed the allegations as baseless, saying “vested interests” wanted to get him posted out of Ambala.

“I have exposed a number of scams in Ambala district. There are vested interests who want me out of this place. It is probably linked to that. It is targeted to malign my reputation,” Shayin claimed.

Chief Secretary Promila Issar said the government said it was not initiating any action as no complaint had been received.

Kumar, however, said he had sent his complaint to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and to the chief secretary.

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