The Fazilka police on Friday arrested two more accused in the Abohar farmhouse murder case. With this the police have so far apprehended as many as 21 accused, while five, including liquor baron and Akali Dal leader Shiv Lal Doda alias Sholi, are still at large.
Doda’s anticipatory bail application will be heard at the court of additional district and sessions judge, Fazilka, on Saturday.
A case under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (armed riot), and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered initially against 17 persons. However, pressure from the public forced the police to add the names of Shiv Lal Doda and Amit Doda. Later the police included the names of seven more people alleged to be involved in the crime.
“Accused Sunny Palendo and Rajwinder alias Raju were arrested and sent to three days of police remand by the local court,” revealed Amar Singh Chahal, DIG, Ferozepur Range, who is also heading the four-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the brutal murder of 27-year-old dalit Bhim Sain.
“The police is now looking to for rest of the absconding accused, including Shiv Lal Doda, Raja, Wazir, Chajj and Dhanraj alias Dhana,” claimed Chahal.
It must be mentioned that on December 11 morning, Bhim Sain was attacked with sharp-edged weapons at the liquor baron’s farmhouse. Harry, one of Doda’s workers, was alleged to be the culprit. Sain died at a hospital in Amritsar, later. His associate, Gurjant Singh, whose limbs were also severed at the farmhouse, was still under treatment.
Meanwhile, Shiv Lal Doda’s family have claimed about his innocence and termed it to be the handiwork of his political opponents to tarnish his political image.