Chandigarh: An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Muktsar Police has been booked and arrested for allegedly killing a 62-year-old Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) worker, who belonged to Dalit community. The incident took place during a search operation that police team carried out at his house in Tarmala village of Lambi assembly constituency to verify a complaint against him of distilling hooch.
According to information, even after conducting the intensive search police failed to find the illicit liquor from the house and the Bhai Ka Kera police post in-charge ASI Gurdeep Singh, who was heading the police team, hit the owner of the house Gurdev Singh. The man in his sixties, in the presence of his son, pleaded innocence but the ASI and his subordinates kept on thrashing him, which led to his killing, as alleged.
Once the man fell unconscious, the policemen in question fled from the spot.
Meanwhile, the neighbours assembled and the family members rushed Gurdev Singh to a private hospital in Khubban village, where the doctors declared him brought dead.
Later, the matter reached the leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal and a number of party workers and some leaders including Tejinder Middukhera, Kak Bhjai ka Kera, Dyal Singh Kolianwali assembled there. Finding the matter turned volatile, senior civil and police officials, including Muktsar SSP Baljot Singh Rathore and ADC Lakhmir Singh visited the place to pacify the SAD workers and family members who were staging the protest.
After hours’ long negotiations to convince the agitators to get the post-mortem of the deceased conducted, the administration agreed to book all five cops in question under Section 302 of the IPC (murder) and also to award the compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family.
As the protesters were also demanding the arrest of all five cops, the SSP ordered his subordinates to get it executed and within some time, the ASI in question was put behind bars.
Speaking to Daily Post, senior SAD leader Tejinder Singh Middukhera said, “The ASI in question is biased against SAD workers and in the past few days he was on a mission of harassing them.”
“Though he has been arrested, we want the remaining four also be put behind bars and the government gives a job to one of the bereaved family members,” said Middukhera, adding that the son of the deceased had also undergone a by-pass surgery of heart.
Confirming the arrest of the police post in-charge, SSP Baljot Singh Rathore said, “Though the preliminary report suggests his death due to heart attack, as the family and villagers were strongly demanding the registration of case, we honoured their demand and also arrested the ASI, who was booked in the FIR by name.”
“As the civil administration has agreed to pay the compensation of Rs 10 lakh, which they were demanding, we are hopeful to get the post-mortem of the deceased conducted on Wednesday morning,” said the SSP.
Apart from arresting Bhai Ka Kera police post in-charge, administration announces `10 lakh compensation to bereaved family
On being asked about the visible head injury Gurdev Singh sustained, the SSP said, “Let the post-mortem report come. A case has been registered and we will investigate it into the detail.”
Though the SSP claimed that the case was registered against ASI by name with four others claimed as unidentified, SAD leader Tejinder Singh Middukhera said that they had procured the list of all five from the police station. He identified the other four as Head Constable Darshan Singh, Constable Lovepreet Singh, two home guard jawans Jaswinder Singh and Amrik Singh.