Police gears up to nab ex-MLA accused of murder
The police authorities in Rohtak on Friday remained busy holding meetings to evolve strategy to arrest Balbir Singh Malik alias Bali Pehalwan, INLD leader and former MLA from Meham constituency, who is one of the accused, out of 22 persons booked in a murder case.india Updated: May 20, 2011 23:22 IST
The police authorities in Rohtak on Friday remained busy holding meetings to evolve strategy to arrest Balbir Singh Malik alias Bali Pehalwan, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader and former MLA from Meham constituency in Rohtak district, who is one of the accused, out of 22 persons booked in a murder case, which occured at Kalanaur town in the district on May 5 last, eveding arrest for about a fortnight.
According to sources, an Additional DGP has been camping here and additional police force has been requisitioned from other places in the state indicating police plan to arrest the cop-turned-politician Bali Pehalwan, who represented Meham twice in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha from the year 1996 to 2005, and has been hiding in the village to escape from the clutches of law. Rohtak SSP BS Balan and Rohtak Range IGP V Kamaraja were also said to be busy in the meetings in this connection on Friday.
Prohibitory orders had been imposed in the villag under section 144 of the CrPC directing all the licensed arm holders in the village to deposit their firearms within a period of 72 hours in the nearest police station.
The co-villagers of former INLD MLA Bali Pehalwan have been pressing the demand for an impartial probe into the case before the arrest of the former legislator. The Rohtak Range IGP V. Kamaraja admitted that the issue was serious and that all the accused in the murder case would be arrested.
Kamaraja said that seven of the accused had surrendered before the police and two others were arrested on Monday in the case registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 302 and 307, and the Arms Act. While about 60 residents of the village have deposited their licensed arms with the police, the remaining, out of a total of about 175 arm licence holders in the village, did not do so despite the order passed by the authorities.
The police is likely to cancel the licenses of those who fail to surrender their licensed arms within a couple of days, Kamaraja said.
As hundreds of residents armed with crude weapons have been deployed in and around the houses of the former MLA, the police has not gone to the village so far in order to avoid a clash. On the other hand, the family members and supporters of the other group including Sita Ram, resident of Basana village, at whose shop the incident took place, demanded immediate arrest of all the accused. They had submitted a memorandum to the chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda recently in this regard.
As supporters of the Sita Ram have threatened to stage dharna on May 21 in protest against the failure of the police to arrest the accused, including Bali pehalwan, the supporters and residents of Mokhra village have also announced to stage a gherao of the chief minister in protest against the alleged delay by the police to conduct an inquiry into the case before effecting the arrest of the remaining accused in the case.