Five suspended cops, including an inspector rank officer of Karnal district, are suspected to have tampered with the official records and evidence in a murder case.
The superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand said on Thursday that the then station house officer (SHO) of Nissing police station Jaspal Singh Dhillon and his juniors were found to have worked in a suspicious manner while investigating the case.
He said that their role would now be investigated by a special investigation team (SIT) of the state crime branch that was probing the murder case.
Besides, Dhillon, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Raj Kumar, two head constables and a constable were placed under suspension on Tuesday by the SP.
On July 26, 2012, Mukesh Kumar of Brass village was murdered and a case was registered against 13 villagers. The victim's kin and villagers protested against the 'shoddy' police investigation a day after the murder. Mukesh's family had alleged that the then Nisisng SHO Jaspal Singh Dhillon had tried to influence the case by manipulating the evidence seized from the spot.
The SP immediately transferred Dhillon to the police lines and marked an inquiry to Joginder Rathee, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), to look into the allegations.
Meanwhile, the SP said that DSP's inquiry report clearly hinted at the misconduct by the five officials.
“They (the suspended policemen) had tried to tamper with the records and evidence. It is a serious matter and a strict action will be initiated against them on the basis of the outcome of SIT's probe,” said Anand, who is also a member of the SIT.