Even after three and a half months, the commissionerate police have no clue of Akali leader Sukhdev Kalyan who is accused of murdering a youth for allegedly exposing a drug-smuggling business in June this year.
On June 17, victim Arjun Kumar (22) of Ali Mohalla and his friend Rahul were attacked with sharp-edged weapons outside the Naaz cinema house on old GT Road here.
Ashwani Kumar (40), the victim's brother, had stated in his police complaint that at 10pm, Kalyan 'Chirhi', his son Shiva, brother Suraj and five other accomplices, including Sikander, came out shouting at Arjun who told them to stop selling drugs to youths.
A case under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intent in crime) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against Kalyan and three others at the police station-2 next morning.
Sources in the police said raids were conducted at Jalandhar cantonment, Himachal Pradesh and other states based on the mobile-phone locations of the main accused, but to no avail.
Soon after the murder, the Akali leader’s family had gone missing from the locality they lived in. Sources added that the family members are back and the police are keeping a close watch on their activities.
Two of the accused — Shiva Kaliyan, son of Sukhdev and his accomplice Sikander Kalyan — had surrendered before the police
22 days after the incident.
Both are residents of Ali Mohalla.Sukhdev joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in April this year in the presence of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal during a rally at Kartarpur.
Besides, the police are also clueless in the attack case on two women in Shakti Nagar locality on June 30 in which 80-year-old Raj Rani died while her daughter in-law Madhu had suffered serious injuries.
On June 30 evening, house owner Rakesh Seth (59), a retired bank manager, had gone to his friend. His wife Madhu and mother Raj Rani were attacked by two unidentified men with sharp-edged weapons.
After injuring them, the accused snatched their gold earrings and fled. The police had registered a case under section of 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) but murder sections were added to it later.
Station house officer, police station-2, and assistant commissioner of police (central) were unavailable for comments under whose jurisdiction both cases are.
“We are trying our level best to carry a thorough investigation. The accused will be arrested soon,” DCP Naveen Singla said.