The proverbial cat-and-mouse game is on between the Chandigarh police and Congress leader Inderjit Singh Zira, who was booked on the charges of attempt to murder on March 20 when he, his driver and personal assistant allegedly clashed with the Punjab police commandos deputed with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s cavalcade.
Zira was admitted to Government Multispecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, on March 20, with complaint of chest pain. The police, however, failed to nab him from the GMSH from where he was to be discharged on Monday. As it turned out, Zira again managed to give police the slip as GMSH doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Police sources said the hospital authorities could not keep a patient for more than three days. As Monday was Zira’s last day, the police were hoping that he will be discharged and they will arrest him.
Sensing that Zira could be discharged anytime, policemen had been deputed round-the-clock near the cardiology department of the PGI.
The police say Zira could participate in a Congress rally to be held at the Sector 25 ground on March 24. The cops remained on toes following a call by Punjab Congress in-charge Shakeel Ahmad and state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa that the party would gherao the Punjab Vidhan Sabha and would take out a rally from the Sector 25 ground against the Union government’s land acquisition bill.
Talking to HT, PGI official spokesperson said Zira was admitted to the PGI as he was complaining of chest pain. He is undergoing routine tests and the decision to discharge him will be taken on Tuesday morning.
Station house officer of the Sector 3 police station Malkeet Singh said a police team had gone to the GMSH to arrest Zira, but he was referred to the PGI. Policemen have been deployed at the PGI to arrest Zira as soon as he is discharged, said the SHO.
The police had registered a case against Zira, his driver Daljeet Singh and his personal assistant Akashdeep Singh under Sections 332, 353 and 307/34 of the Indian Penal Code at the Sector 3 police station. The police have already arrested Daljeet and Akashdeep
CONGRESS LEADERS MEET ZIRA
Meanwhile, Congress in-charge for Punjab Shakeel Ahmad and state Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa came to meet Zira in the cardiology department the PGI on Monday.