The senior officers of Bathinda police are unlikely to get off scot-free in the Nehianwala narcotics case as the investigation team of Faridkot Police has reportedly ascertained that the FIR cancellation report that was prepared by DSP Bhucho Mandi and approved by the SSP was an unreasonable move.According to the latest information, it has been learnt that the woman sub-inspector Sukhwinder Kaur, who had registered the case against Goniana-based chemist Gobind Gupta under the NDPS Act after recovering about 1,530 habit-forming tablets, has produced some visual evidence to prove that the recovery was made from the house of the accused not the shop, as mentioned in the then DSP Bhucho Mandi Gurjit Singh Romana’s FIR cancellation report.“The woman sub-inspector had clicked some photographs of the crime scene, which she has now submitted with the investigation officials. She also showed that the same photographs were posted by her in the WhatsApp group of district police, in which SSP Naveen Singla was also an active member,” disclosed highly-placed sources in the state police.While speaking to Daily Post, the sub-inspector Sukhwinder Kaur confirmed the fact.“It is our usual practice that whatever we do, even if we lay the traffic naka (checkpoint), we post the photographs in the SSP’s official WhatsApp group to keep the seniors updated of the things happening around,” said Sukhwinder Kaur.The photographs have emerged as strong evidence against the officers, who had prepared and approved the FIR cancellation report, informed a police official from Faridkot.It is worth mentioning that suspecting foul play behind the hurriedness of Bathinda police in cancelling the FIR within a week of its registration, the Inspector General of Police (Bathinda zone) M S Chhina decided to get the matter investigated.As the cancellation report of the DSP was approved by Bathinda SSP, Chhina opted to assign the duty to Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh, who is otherwise two years junior to Naveen Singla.Meanwhile, the matter reached the state’s prestigious Special Task Force (STF) chief ADGP Harpreet Singh Sidhu. The STF chief wanted the investigation to be conducted at STF headquarters at Chandigarh but Bathinda zone IGP convinced him to get it done at zonal level with an assurance of free and fair conduct.According to information, Bathinda drug inspector Sheshan Mittal who was also there when the police recovered the narcotics, in his statement before the Faridkot Police has mentioned that the goods were recovered from residential premises of the chemist and storing these medicines at the house was illegal.On the other hand, the DSP in question Gurjit Singh Romana while preparing his FIR cancellation report reportedly attached the same drug inspector’s written version, in which he stated that the chemist had a valid drug licence to sell these drugs.However, the sub-inspector, who objected to the cancellation report, categorically stated that the recovery was made from his house and even when he was asked to produce the sale-purchase record, the chemist in question had failed to produce so on the spot. She also mentioned that the case was registered only after bringing the things in the knowledge of DSP Gurjit Singh Romana.A per the case file, the FIR was registered on April 10, the same day of the raid and recovery.After that, some persons approached the SSP claiming that the man in question was innocent. Acting upon that, the SSP marked inquiry to DSP who within a day or so prepared the FIR cancellation report which the SSP approved too. The “hurried” developments led to the accused getting discharged from the court of law.On the other hand, Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla, while claiming innocence, said, “The DSP put up the FIR cancellation report, which I approved it in routine. However, we hadn’t yet submitted it in the court of law and the IG marked investigation of the case to Faridkot Police.” Notably, when the DSP prepared the cancellation report he didn’t even bother to make the sub-inspector join the proceeding.“I was asked to appear before the DSP Gurjit Singh Romana on April 19 but when I reached there, I was categorically said that the investigation had been completed and the cancellation report was prepared, which shocked me,” Sukhwinder Kaur told Daily Post.Some unconfirmed sources also suggested the exchange of hefty money in the case but the DSP and others, when questioned, outrightly rejected the charges.As the investigating officials have completed all procedural formalities, including the recording of statements of the drug inspector and the sub-inspector, Faridkot SSP Nanak Singh is expected to submit the report to the IGP (Bathinda zone) by Monday or Tuesday. And only after going through that, the zonal police chief would recommend further action.
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