More than 24 hours have passed, but the police are yet to arrest any of the accused, who allegedly thrashed a Punjab Police head constable of the counter-intelligence wing on Monday morning at Natwal village here.
After being blamed of laxity, the Batala police somehow registered a case under sections 341(punishment for wrongful restraint), 353(assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 332(voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 323(punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506(punishment for criminal intimidation), 148(rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149(every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence commit¬ted in prosecution of common object) of IPC and 27/54/59 of the arms Act against the prime accused Vikramjit Singh, a former Akali sarpanch and his accomplices, but they have failed to arrest any of the accused so far, which was raising a question mark on the working of the police.
Inspector general, counter- intelligence MF Farooqui on Tuesday went to the civil hospital here to enquire about the condition of the injured cop, Harpal Singh. After listening to him, the IG had asked senior superintendent of police (SSP) Daljinder Singh to add Section 308(attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the IPC against the accused and ensure their immediate arrest.
Later, talking to mediapersons, the IG said the department would teach a lesson to the accused and he had already deputed the AIG and the DSP to trace the accused. More than half-a-dozen teams of their department were working round-the-clock and raiding all the possible hide-outs of the accused, he added. It is pertinent to mention here that in 2013, the accused Vikramjit Singh had opened fire at a son of the then BJP councillor, Mohan Lal, after a petty dispute after which a case under section 307 IPC was registered against him but, later, both the parties had reached a compromise.
AAP backs injured head constable
After Congress MLA Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, AAP candidate from Fatehgarh Churrian Gurinder Singh Shampura also reached the hospital to meet Harpal Singh. He accused the police of working under political pressure and resisting to arrest the former Akali sarpanch, who openly thrashed Harpal Singh.
He alleged that it took more than 10 hours for the police to register a case against the politically influential Akali leader. “You can ascertain the level of political pressure from the fact that the victim was mercilessly beaten up by the accused and surprisingly in stead of registering a case under Section 307 of the IPC, the police registered a case under sections 323, 324 of IPC. It was only after IG Farooqui’s intervention that Section 308 was added,” he added.
“Everyone knows that Vicky is close to top Youth Akali leader of the area and, under his pressure, the police were resisting to arrest him. If the accused was not arrested in two days, they will hold a protest against the police,” he said.