The special investigation team (SIT) probing the death of 40-year-old Swaran Singh, a resident of Behrampur Zimidara village, in a road mishap allegedly involving a Dabwali Transport Company bus, owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal recorded the statements of witnesses on Monday, for the second day running.
Jagtar Singh, a dhaba owner near the accident spot, who was earlier thought of the sole witness, recorded his statement. Another witness Manjit Singh also recorded his statement.
Two occupants of the i20, the car also allegedly involved in the accident, recorded their statement. The two are Amritpal and Prabhbir Singh. The driver, Braham Parkash, had been questioned on Sunday.
Advocate Dinesh Chadha, a resident of Barwa village and an RTI activist, who informed the SIT about various discrepancies in the preliminary police investigation also recorded his statement and handed over a video that he had recorded after he arrived at the spot, three hours after the accident.
After the accident, the police had claimed that an i20 had hit the scooter of Swaran Singh, while witnesses maintained that the bus had hit the two-wheeler.
Finally, the SIT was formed and is headed by additional director general of police (crime) Iqbalpreet Singh Sahota. The team comprises IGP (crime) Nageshwar Rao and deputy inspector general Rupnagar range RK Jaiswal.
During Monday's recording of statements, Rupnagar SSP Varinder Paul Singh and assistant superintendent of police Dr Sandeep Garg were also present.
Both drivers claim not to have hit scooter
On Sunday, the team had questioned bus driver Pardeep and car driver Braham Parkash. They were also taken to the Morinda police station, where the Mercedes Benz bus is parked. Pardeep and Braham Parkash both denied to have hit the victim, Swaran.