Even as the Jalandhar police commissionerate is tight-lipped over the September 24 brawl between two drunk police officers, Hindustan Times has managed to identify them.
An HT investigation has revealed that the officers are Kewal Krishan and Jasbir Singh, both posted as the commandant in the Home Guards department in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, respectively.
The brawl had occurred around 10:15pm in a high-security area near the mini-secretariat. Both officers had been sitting in a private car, having drinks beside an egg vendor’s rehri, while two security men of Krishan, who had come in a Gypsy with a registration number of Patiala, were standing guard.
As per eyewitnesses, after having a few drinks, the officers started exchanging blows within the car and then came out quarrelling. The fight had taken place apparently over a monetary issue.
When an HT correspondent had reached the spot and tried to click pictures, the security men had threatened him and also tried to snatch his mobile phone. Both officers had sped away from the spot.
It was on Saturday (September 27) that an HT team found the private car (Honda Amaze) parked near Khalsa College. The car (PB-08 CT 0520) is registered in the name of Baljinder Kaur, daughter of Jasbir Singh. Sources close to Jasbir confirmed that the officer had a spat with Krishan.
When contacted, Krishan admitted that he and the Kapurthala Home Guards commandant were present at the spot but denied that any altercation occurred. “Actually, we were hugging each other. Why should we indulge in a brawl when we are responsible officers?” he said. Krishan, posted as the Home Guards commandant at Jalandhar for the past four years, belongs to Bathinda district.
When HT called up at Jasbir’s number (094638-75385), a person claimed that this number belonged to one Simarjeet Singh. However, when contacted, DIG, Home Guards, Jalandhar division, Baldev Singh Tiger, confirmed that this was Jasbir’s number. Both officers’ departmental training started in Chandigarh on Monday.
Assistant commissioner of police (ACP, central) DD Sharma, under whose jurisdiction falls the area where the brawl occurred, has been maintaining that only the gunmen were probably involved in the incident.
The DIG said he was not aware if his officers were involved. “I’m not saying that my officers don’t drink. But I’m sure they would not drink at an egg vendor’s rehri. Both are responsible officers,” he said. When contacted, DGP, Home Guards, GD Pandey said he was not aware of the matter but would investigate it.