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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre, states on police reforms

New Delhi, Mar. 11 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and all state government’s on the issue of implementation of its direction on police reforms in light of the recent incidents of police personnel beating up a girl in Punjab and school teachers in Patna.

The apex court, which passed the order after it took suo motu cognisance of media reports about the two incidents of police personnel beating up a girl in Tarn Taran in Punjab and protesting contractual teachers in Bihar, pulled up the Governments of Punjab and Bihar.

An apex court bench headed by Justice G .S. Singhvi directed the Governments of Punjab and Bihar to file affidavits within seven days on alleged brutalities of police personnel against common unarmed persons

“There was no notice earlier, In the Punjab matter today the court has asked the SSP of Taran Taran to file a report about what action has been taken,” said Rohit Bansal, a lawyer presenting the government.

“The Supreme Court has issued many directions in the Prakash Singh case. The court has noticed all the states whether the states have implemented all the directions or not,” he added.

In Punjab’s Taran Taran District on March 4, police constables thrashed a woman when she approached them along with her father to complain against harassment by a truck driver.

In another incident on March 5, Bihar Police baton charged and fired tear gas shells on protesting contractual teachers outside the Assembly in Patna. (ANI)