The police on Monday claimed to solve the six-day-old case of recovery of abandoned articles in the Cantonment area by arresting one Manpreet Singh, a Faridkot resident. The police claimed that Manpreet confessed to have conspired to get Satwant Singh implicated in a false case as the latter was allegedly having a relationship with his wife.
"Manpreet Singh, a youth from Faridkot, had allegedly suspected Satwant Singh from Maani Singh Wala village near Sadak of having relations with his wife. So, he had planted some articles, looking like some explosive material, in the Cantonment area to implicate him in a case," Faridkot SSP Sukhdev Singh Kahlon told the media here.
"The accused, who is convent educated and well-versed with computers, took Satwant Singh's photo from a poster and prepared a fake identity card-cum-entry pass of Karachi Cantt, stamped by the ISI. He then affixed a photo of Satwant on it. To make it look like a real identity card, he also affixed a chip taken out of a mobile phone SIM card on the ID card," Lakhvir Singh, in-charge of crime investigation agency, Faridkot, which investigated the case, said.
The accused had allegedly planted all the articles, including a bag, a teddy bear, a 12-volt China-made battery, some wires and pieces of pipe, the alleged ID card in the name of S Singh and the photo copy of the voter's list of Satwant Singh besides 400 gm of powder, near the army residential quarters in Cantonment on Wednesday.
Senior army officials from Ferozepur immediately took these articles into possession to investigate the matter. The explosive power was reportedly found to be some powder used in making firecrackers.
"As the father of the accused is an ex-serviceman, he was aware of the army affairs. He abandoned the articles in the Cantonment area so that a case could be registered against Satwant Singh," inspector Lakhvir Singh said.
The police also claim to have seized a computer used by the accused and have arrested him in the case.
A case under Sections 192 (fabricating false evidence), 469 (committing forgery), 471 (using forged documents as genuine), 472 (making or possession of counterfeit seal) and 503 (criminal intimidation) of IPC besides Explosives Act and Section 66F of the Information and Technology Act has been registered against Manpreet Singh.
The police had on Saturday had booked Satwant Singh, a resident of Maani Singh Wala, for waging war against the nation and under the Explosives Act and IT Act on the complaint of senior army officials.