The police have given a clean chit to two of the accused, including a policeman, in the murder case of a 28-year-old youth who was stabbed to death in a brawl at Phase 9 on June 24.
Manjinder Singh, the victim, was stabbed to death and his brother Harinder Singh had sustained injuries in the brawl. The police had registered a case against three persons- Punjab police constable Amritpal Singh, his father Rashpal Singh and constable Mohan Lal on charges of murder.
After investigation, the police have given a clean chit to constable Mohan Lal and Rashpal Singh claiming that the two were not on the spot when the crime was committed.
Superintendent of police (detective), Gursharandeep Grewal said, “It has come to the fore that only Amritpal Singh was involved in the crime, whereas none of the other accused was present on the spot. “
“During investigation, it has been found that constable Mohan Lal was sleeping at his house when the crime was committed. We confirmed from neighbours that the two were not present on the spot,” said Grewal.
The incident took place in front of the house of Amritpal (prime accused) at Phase 9. The police said in their investigation that Rashpal Singh was inside his house when the incident took place.
The police added that Mohal Lal and Rashpal had not sustained any injuries, which also helped them get clean chit.
Meanwhile, the police also gave a clean chit to Harinder Singh (deceased’s brother) who was earlier booked under sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC.
The autopsy report had revealed that Manjinder Singh sustained six injuries from a sharp-edged weapon and seven injuries from a blunt weapon, which indicates that at least two persons attacked the victim.
According to the police report, Amritpal and Harinder were consuming alcohol when they entered into an argument leading to a scuffle near the Forest Complex light point on June 23.
Later, Harinder and Manjinder reached Amritpal’s house at Phase 9 and started abusing him. Amritpal came out and a fight ensued. Amritpal, Harinder and Manjinder sustained serious injuries.
Amritpal Singh was charged under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).