Two suspects, arrested on Thursday on the charge of uploading a video clip of the recent assault on Punjab-cadre IAS officer Kahan Singh Pannu in Uttarakhand, were produced in the district court here on Friday. Both were sent to two-day police remand.
The state cyber crime cell, SAS Nagar, had arrested Baljinder Singh of Kanakwal village in Bathinda district and Gursevak Singh, alias Sonu, of Patiala with the help of the local police.
Speaking to HT, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, state cyber crime cell, said, "Baljinder was the first to upload the video on the internet, where it was watched by thousands of people. Gursevak was the main instigator behind the assault and the recording."
Meanwhile, the police got one-day production warrant for Gurvinder Singh, the first arrest in the case, who was remanded in judicial custody on Thursday. Gurvinder's advocate had filed a bail plea on Friday afternoon, but chief judicial magistrate Shiv Mohan Garg postponed the hearing to Monday.
The DIG said the three suspects were part of the crowd during the assault. They would now be confronted with each other.
They have been booked under Section 66-A of the Information Technology (IT) Act and sections 295-A, 298 (both pertaining to hurting religious sentiments), 500 (defamation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
DIG denies claim
Reacting to the claim of Gurvinder Singh's brother that he was Net illiterate, DIG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said, "Gurvinder is not Net illiterate as he has two Facebook and two gmail accounts. He is also supporting a radical Sikh organisation on one of his Facebook accounts."