Fazilka Police on Saturday suspended Harinder Singh Chameli, station house officer (SHO) of Bhahavwala police station in Abohar, for dereliction of duty in connection with the gruesome murder of 27-year-old Bheem Sain.
The farm house, owned by Akali leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, where Bheem’s murder took place, at Ramsara village falls under Bhahavwala police station.
Ferozepur DIG Amar Singh Chahal said, “Chameli failed to perform his duty efficiently, so he has been suspended. We have also initiated a departmental inquiry against him,”
Meanwhile, Abohar MLA Sunil Jakhar alleged, “Chameli, who enjoys proximity with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, in the past four months as the Bhahavwala SHO, mostly camped at the farmhouse and remained hand-in-glove with Doda, the kingpin in the Bheem murder. Doda, in connivance with the police, hatched a plan to get a fake complaint of rape lodged against Bheem. Later, on the pretext of resolving the issue, Bheem and Gurjant Singh Janta were called at Doda’s farmhouse where their limbs were chopped off. Doda wanted to spread terror in the town to garner votes in the 2017 assembly polls and the Akali leadership backed him.”
Jakhar said, “The suspension of Chameli is not enough; his services should be terminated. It’s sad that instead of nabbing the real accused Doda, police are guarding his businesses and houses. Moreover, Doda was given security to which he is not entitled.”
Bheem’s mother decries police
Meanwhile, Bheem’s mother, Kaushalya Devi, criticised the police for “falsely implicating” Bheem in a rape case within hours of the brutal attack on him on December 11. She said, “The police did not bother to register a case of murder against the politically connected people; rather they booked my son while he was battling for life.”
Meanwhile, all liquor shops belonging to Doda in Abohar remained closed for the seventh day on Saturday. After Bheem’s death, people had gone on the rampage and burnt down his four liquor shops.
Chahal said Abhinav Chauhan, SHO, City-1, Abohar, had already been suspended for not taking timely action on the rape complaint. The DIG clarified that Doda was not given security, while the police were deputed at his businesses and houses to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, Avinash Doda, brother of Shiv Lal, addressed a press conference at Abohar on Saturday, where he dismissed all charges against Shiv Lal and nephew Amit as baseless and claimed that they would submit all proof about their innocence. He said they were ready to face any inquiry. He claimed that on the day of the incident, both were out of town and their political rivals were trying to exploit the issue.
Meanwhile, the 11-member sangharsh committee formed to pursue the case, held a meeting to chalk out further course of action.