Sec-40 ‘firing’: Cops find complaints full of contradictions

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2015 15:17 IST

Police investigations into last Sunday’s incident in Sector 40 in which gunshots were reportedly fired shortly after members of two groups fought over money, with each accusing the other of starting the row, took a new turn after several inconsistencies were noticed in the complaints lodged by the two sides.

A criminal case was later filed against four people at the Sector 39 police station.

The police have now begun recording the statements of various people who were present at the scene to ascertain whether the shots were fired.

They are also verifying the allegation made by a security guard of former Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress chief Vijay Pal Singh Dimpy, Anil Kumar, that he was deliberately attacked.

Interestingly, the police did not find any sharp-edged weapons or gun cartridges from the scene of the incident, which has raised a question mark over allegations of weapons being used made by both groups, which were included in the complaint.

A police official stated a team from the Central Forensic Scientific Laboratory did not find any spent cartridges when it inspected the area on Monday.

Members of one of the groups belonging to a TV news channel had earlier claimed shots were fired by supporters of Dimpy. Though the latter had alleged he was attacked with sharp-edged weapons a medico-legal report filed later did not find any serious injuries.

Requesting anonymity, a police official there were glaring contradictions in the complaints, with local shopkeepers and residents saying they did not find any weapons at the scene used in the alleged attack.

“The groups fought over a financial dispute involving about `1 crore and it appears they were trying to settle scores,” he added.

Sector 39 police SHO Ranjodh Singh said firearms owned by Dimpy were sent to CFSL to confirm whether gunshots were fired.

Meanwhile, DSP (south) Urvija Goyal said the investigations into the incident were continuing.

On Sunday the police booked Labh Singh Ahluwalia, owner of the news channel, and his son Gurpreet along with other unidentified suspects under section 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

In turn Dimpy and his son, Barinder Singh, were booked under section 336 of the IPC following a complaint filed by Ahluwalia.

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