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Punjab cop killed for confronting daughter's stalkers

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 05, 2012
First Published: 20:29 IST(5/12/2012) | Last Updated: 08:10 IST(6/12/2012)

Three men including an activist of Akali Dal allegedly murdered an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of the Punjab Police in broad day light for stopping them from teasing his daughter.

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The incident that took place on the main GT road, meters away from Chehhertta Police station sent shock waves across Amritsar.

The deceased ASI was identified as Ravinder Pal Singh posted the Gharinda Police station near Attari Border.

The Police have registered a case under section 302 and arms Act against one Ranjit Singh Rana, Gurveer Singh and one unidentified person. Rana is learnt to be one of the general secretaries in the district body of the Akali party.

The incident took place between 3:00pm to 3:30pm and even after the residents there raised alarm, the city police failed to reached the spot.

The accused fired three bullets at the ASI. Two hit his leg and foot while the third hit him near his chest.

Daughter of the cop was also injured. Police claimed that some splinter hit the girls arm.

Some men near Chehhertta area would tease ASI's daughter.

On Wednesday afternoon again when the girl spotted the SUV of the persons who teased her, she called up her father ASI Ravinder Pal Singh.

As the ASI reached the spot, there was some altercation between the cop and the accused after which the accused fired in the legs of the ASI with a pistol.

Thereafter they ran away but after about 20 minutes, the accused came back again with a rifle and fired in the chest of the ASI.

And after murdering the cop, the accused drove away.
 
Although the ASI was rushed to a local hospital, he was declared dead.

SSP Amritsar (rural) P.S. Virk, who reached the hospital said, “The daughter of the ASI studied in a tuition and was teased by the accused. We have learnt that there were three people in the SUV. The accused have been identified.”

When contacted Amritsar Police Commissioner Ram Singh said, “The girl had told her father ASI Ravinderpal Singh that she was teased by some boys. When again on Wednesday, the girl spotted the boys, she called her father. AS ASI reached there, there was some argument and later the accused fired at the cop, who died.”

On a question regarding Akali connection of accused Rana, the Commissioner of Police Ram Singh said, “ I am unaware of that.”

No accused has been arrested yet, he added.

Although the police did not confirm, but sources claimed that Rana had fired at the cop. "We are still investigating this," said Commissioner Ram Singh.

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