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With one of the custodial torture victims denying that Ambasamudram Assistant Superintendent of Police Balveer Singh had subjected them to inhuman treatment, People’s Watch Executive Director Henri Tiphagne said the statement from the victim was expected as the victims were being threatened by the local police officers.

Earlier, People’s Watch had condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to a group of persons accused in an attempt to murder case by a team of police officers, led by Balveer Singh, who is under suspension now. “Why did the Tirunelveli Superintendent of Police not take control of the CCTV footage at the police station. It will speak more than anything else. Why the District Collector, in his capacity as the District Police Complaint Authority, did not initiate any action?,” he asked. He also questioned why no suo motu action was initiated by the District Judge, the District Prosecutor and the SP and why protection was not given to the victims under the Witness Protection Scheme. The victims and the witnesses should have been given adequate protection, he said.

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