Punjab Police SP booked in sexual assault case too

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Chandigarh, Oct 21 (IANS) Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, — who was questioned by the NIA after the Pathankot air base attack in January — has now been booked on the charge of sexual assault, police officials said here on Friday.

This followed an inquiry by a senior police officer into a complaint submitted by seven woman constables against the Superintendent of Police.

He has been booked under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code at the Gurdaspur City police station.

Punjab Police Additional Director General Gurpreet Deo held the inquiry on the joint complaint by the women constables working under him.

Earlier, Salwinder was booked in August on charges of rape of a woman and corruption by the Punjab Police.

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Salwinder was in the news after he said he was abducted by Pakistani terrorists on January 1, a day before the terrorists attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.

The Pakistani terrorists had reached the IAF base from the India-Pakistan border using his Sport Utility Vehicle and attacked the Pathankot base, 250 km from here, in a pre-dawn attack on January 2.

He was questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials over his claims of abduction but given a clean chit.

Salwinder also courted controversy after the Punjab DGP ordered an inquiry into bigamy accusations levelled against him by a woman based in Tanda town in Hoshiarpur district. The woman alleged he had secretly married her and they even have a teenage son.

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