A Punjab Police assistant sub-inspector (ASI) was dismissed and an inspector shunted out after a video of eight youths ‘detained illegally’ with their ft forcefully inserted inside a ‘kaath’, purportedly shot inside Moga city-1 police station, went viral on social media.
Police sources stated that ‘kaath’, a picket plank with holes carved into it, is an unlawful tools principally used for third diploma torture.
“It is mostly used during interrogations in heinous cases but officially it is not allowed to use them. Earlier almost all police stations had it but with time the use of kaath was discontinued as it violates human rights. Once a person’s foot is inserted inside a kaath, it is not possible to move at all. Depending on the number of holes in the plank, 8-10 persons can be detained using one kaath,” stated a police officer, requesting anonymity. “The procedure of putting feet inside the kaath is quite painful,” h e stated, including that the apply was usually used to “break down the person mentally” as he “cannot move for hours.”
In a video that was shot on March 26 by a Moga-based social activist Mahinder Pal Loomba, eight youths will be seen sitting subsequent to one another in a room inside Moga city-1 police station with one foot of every inserted contained in the kaath.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Loomba stated that he had shot the video when he went to police station to fulfill two youths who have been from his village. “They were illegally detained by the police in the evening of March 25 when they had a small clash with an advocate over parking of a vehicle. Both were taken to the police station where their feet were inserted inside kaath. I told ASI that it was a human rights violation, but he refused to budge. The next day I went again with a spy camera and shot the video. Eight of those youths were kept tied to that wooden plank for more than 18 hours from the evening of March 25 till afternoon of March 26,” claimed Loomba, including that on the time of detention, no FIR was registered in opposition to two youths from his village.
After the video went viral, Moga SSP Harmanbir Singh Gill issued dismissal orders of ASI Amarjit Singh and transferred Inspector Jaswant Singh (SHO Moga City-1 police station). “An enquiry headed by SP (headquarters) is ongoing,” stated SSP. Asked if it was authorized to maintain kaath inside police stations, SSP stated, “No, it is not official or legal to have any such equipment inside police station. Enquiry will find out how it was used inside to detain the youths,” he stated.
Contacted, Inspector Jaswant Singh stated that he wouldn’t prefer to make any touch upon the difficulty as a departmental enquiry was ongoing.