Punjab cops ‘assault’ businessmen in case of mistaken identity, ‘apologise’

In a shocking incident, Punjab Police picked up two Jalandhar-based businessmen, allegedly manhandled them in full public glare before realising that it was a case of mistaken identity. According to information, the Faridkot police reached Jalandhar in connection with a fake travel agent case and conducted a raid at New Deol Nagar area where they picked up Salil Beri and Harbajan Singh, who are partners in a construction business.

The police were acting on a complaint lodged by Gurbir Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Amandip, who were defrauded by travel agents on the pretext of sending them abroad. When the businessmen were taken to the Police Division No 4, police reportedly realised their mistake.

Salil Beri and Harbajan Singh alleged that they were standing near their car in New Deol Nagar, when two vehicles including an Alto car and a police jeep stopped in front of them. "Around 9 to 10 people, including three policemen, came out of the two vehicles and started misbehaving with us. When we protested, they thrashed us in full public view," Harbhajan alleged.

"They threw us into the car without listening to us and beat us up in the vehicle, while on the way to the police station," Salil claimed, before adding that the personnel apologised once they realised that the duo were not the travel agents. The businessmen, however, have lodged a case stating that their mobile phone and Rs 20,000 was snatched from them.

The trio, who are the victims of the fraud and who were accompanying the Faridkot police, said the travel agent also had the same white coloured car, which they claim had the same registration number. "We realised that police had arrested the wrong people and we apologised," they said.

SHO, Police Station No. 4, Surinder Pal said as per the complaint, Faridkot police had picked up wrong persons and they were investigating the case.

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