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A day of lawlessness

chandigarh Updated: Mar 13, 2012 15:18 IST
HT Live Correspondent

In a brazen act of indiscipline and lawlessness, constable Jagbir Singh posted with the police control room not only allegedly opened fire at an officer, but also let loose a volley of abuse at his superiors.

Satpal, an inspector with the Chandigarh police, had a narrow escape when Jagbir, in charge of PCR vehicle E-15, in an inebriated state allegedly shot at him near UT SSP Naunihal Singh’s house at Sector 16 here on Sunday night.

Jagbir was accompanied by constable Balir Singh, driver of the vehicle. Sector-17 SHO Ranjodh Singh said the incident took place after they telephonically enquired from Jagbir Singh the reason for his reporting for duty late by 15 minutes.

Jagbir Singh, who was to report for VIP duty at Sector 17 at 8pm, allegedly reported at 8.15pm.
At around 12.15am, he barged into the police control room along with Balir Singh and abused his colleagues.

On receiving information, inspector, administration PCR, Satpal rushed to the spot, but the accused had left the spot by then. Jagbir Singh vanished for the next half an hour and kept misguiding the control room by giving wrong information about his location.

Later, he reached the SSP’s house and sought an appointment with him. He got infuriated when the cops posted outside the SSP's office told him to see the SSP in the morning.

Jagbir Singh then drove off to the end of the road 50 yards from the SSP’s house. After he eventually told his location, Satpal, along with ASI Sukhwinder Singh, rushed to the spot at 1.25am only to find Jagbir in a foul mood.

Satpal alleged that Jagbir started abusing him and threatened to kill him. Satpal tried to pacify Jagbir, but to no avail. Jagbir allegedly pulled out his service revolver and opened fire at Satpal.

Realising that he had missed the target, Jagbir Singh allegedly fired another shot at Satpal.
Threatening to shoot himself, Jagbir again pressed the trigger, but the gun did not go off.
Meanwhile, the area SHO and the operation cell staff rushed to the spot and overpowered Jagbir at 2.30am following a struggle for two hours.

Both the constables were nabbed and were medically examined. Jagbir has been remanded in one-day police custody. Jagbir has been booked for attempt to murder and other offences under Sections 307/506 of the IPC. He has also been accused of creating a ruckus.

Balir Singh has been booked for criminal conspiracy under Section 120-B of the IPC. Dubbing it a serious issue, SSP Naunihal Singh said they would come out with a policy to prevent repetition of such incidents. “We will initiate strict departmental action against him,” he added.

The police have failed to find out the exact reason behind Jagbir's behaviour and the provocation to meet the SSP at odd hours. Preliminary investigation into the incident has revealed that the absence of the GPS system in the newly bought Gypsy made it tough for the cops to track down the vehicle in which Jagbir went from one place to another.

The incident has also brought to the fore the need to have safeguards and a protection mechanism in the police headquarters. The police admitted that the incident could have been prevented had they stopped Jagbir in the police control room itself.

In his career spanning over two decades, Jagbir, 44, has been involved in at least three controversies. He had also entered into a verbal duel with the SAS Nagar police. The police say he is already facing proceedings in the Sector-17 police station for an incident of misbehaviour.