UT inspector Sucha Singh's murder on Friday night has not only brought to fore the inability to identify and deal with wanted criminals, but also the ease with which they can pass through the city.
Investigations carried out by the Chandigarh police have revealed that inspector Sucha was unaware of wanted and dismissed constable Basant Singh alias Bunty's identity when he asked him to sit in the police Gypsy.
Senior officers admit that photograph of accused Bunty should have been flashed to cops even on patrol duty, as he had deserted the police force and was allegedly involved in the Sonepat double murder case.
City-based advocate AS Shergill says the police maintain a gallery on the website, but special attempts are not made to make cops familiar with the faces of criminals to felicitate their identification.
The case also brings to fore the lack of co-ordination between police forces. Chandigarh provides a passage between Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and New Delhi. But in the absence of adequate checks at bus stands and railway stations, anyone involved in a crime can pass through the city without being noticed.
The case also shows that even when alerted, the cops in neighbouring cities of Panchkula and SAS Nagar failed to react timely.
However, Bunty managed to abandon the police Gypsy and walked along with Sarita through the jungle into Punjab, before going to Delhi.
The preparedness of the Chandigarh police to react in emergency is also being questioned. The cop posted at district courts ran inside instead of reacting to the cries of help by his colleagues and firing at Bunty, or for that matter at the vehicle. Another startling fact being looked into by the police is the delayed reaction on part of cops.
Even the police control room vehicle could not act and fire at the interceptor in which Bunty escaped till Ambedkar colony.
As of now the investigations have given a clean chit to the police control room, as far as reaction time is concerned. Three vehicles were pressed into service.
A senior police officer said home guard volunteer Jatinder had not called PCR four times as claimed by him. But at the same time red tapesim involved in open firing in such cases is being looked into.
Also, a PCR vehicle was already stationed at Aroma light point and Sector 16 each.
Rs 63 lakh benefit for Sucha's family
Chandigarh Police gave pensionary benefits to the family of inspector Sucha Singh, including pension, leave encashment, death gratuity, ex-gratia grant sanction sent to the UT social welfare director.
A total benefit of Rs 63 lakh (approx) will be given to the family by the police. For Sucha's conscientious services, utmost devotion to the duties, Chandigarh police personnel have voluntarily decided to donate their one-day salary -Rs 30 lakh approximately.
The Chandigarh police arranged funds from the welfare schemes, including group accident insurance of Rs 5 lakh, accident insurance of Rs 5 lakh, family pension of Rs 2,000 per month for 10 years and financial aid Rs 1 lakh.
2.15 am (June 8): A couple cited near the gate of old district courts complex in Sector 17. Police question them about their whereabouts and the reason for roaming about late at night, but they fail to give satisfactory answer.
Inspector Sucha Singh asks them to sit in the police Gypsy for verification
2.17 am: Couple argue with the police and the youth takes out a knife
2.20 am: Home guard volunteer Jatinder Singh calls up control room, informs he and inspector Sucha Singh stabbed near district courts. The call lasts for 40 seconds
2.22 am: He again calls to inform Gypsy snatched
2.23 am: Jatinder calls to say that Gypsy turns towards Sector 16 stadium
2.23 am: Three PCR vehicles dispatched on earlier calls. Vehicles start from ISBT and Bank Square in Sector 17 and Sector-23 market
2.27 am: Duty officer of control room talks to Jatinder and inquires about the incident. Jatinder says they have been lifted to Sector 16 general hospital in PCR
2.31am: Car sighted near Ambedkar Colony by Cheetah, chase begins. Cops ask DSP on night duty twice to fire at interceptor
2.40 am: Car recovered from Ambdekar Colony in Dhanas
2.49 am: Sector-17 SHO Ram Gopal reaches general hospital
3.20: Sucha Singh shifted to PGIMER
7.45 am: Sucha succumbs to injuries
Inspector Sucha Singh was not carrying his service revolver at night checking
The night-checking inspector can take along two cops from his unit, but Sucha preferred to take along just his driver
The couple was made to sit on the rear seat and both cops were sitting in front of the Gypsy. This made the accused vulnerable to jumping from the Gypsy
Low police presence in the heart of the city, near Sector- 17 police station
UT cops secures Bunty's production warrants
The UT police on Monday secured the production warrants of dismissed UT constable Basant Singh, alias Bunty, 26, accused of stabbing inspector Sucha Singh.
Bunty is currently in the custody of Haryana police after being arrested from Delhi. He will be brought to Chandigarh on production warrants on June 13 along with his girlfriend Sarita Rani, 23.