New Delhi, Mar 6 (PTI): The Supreme Court has taken strong exception to the recent incidents of Bihar police beating up protesting contractual teachers in Patna, and Punjab police thrashing a woman in Tarn Taran, and has sought an explanation from the two states on the conduct of the police personnel.
Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports, a bench of justices G S Singhvi and Ranjana Prakash Desai directed the two state governments to respond on Monday on the allegations of police brutality.
The bench asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati and senior advocate Harish Salve to assist the court in dealing with the issue. It posted the matter for further hearing on March 11.
On March 4, Punjab Police constables thrashed a woman in public allegedly when she had approached them along with her father for lodging a complaint against harassment by a truck driver and his friends in Tarn Taran district.
In the incident, Bihar Police on Tuesday had resorted to a baton charge and fired tear gas shells during a protest by contractual teachers outside the Assembly in Patna demanding regularisation of their jobs and pay parity with regular teachers.