The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notices to the Punjab government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and others on a petition moved by the family members of Bheem Sain, a Dalit man who was brutally murdered in Abohar in December 2015.
The petitioners are seeking the transfer of the case to the CBI for a fair investigation.
Taking up the petition, the court on Wednesday issued notices to the Punjab home secretary, CBI superintendent of police (SP), Fazilka senior superintendent of police (SSP) and the station house officer concerned in Abohar for February 24 to file their replies.
The petitioners have accused police of trying to shield accused Akali leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, alias Sholly. Sain’s limbs had been chopped off at Doda’s farmhouse in Abohar on December 11 last year. He had later died in a hospital. Bheem’s associate Gurjant Singh had sustained fractures in the attack.
The petition has been filed by Bheem’s parents and Gurjant’s brother. Praying for transfer of the case to the CBI, the petitioners said the police had initially not even named Doda and his nephew Amit as accused in the FIR. It was only after protests that their names were included. The plea also pointed out that Doda’s farmhouse was sealed 5-6 days after the murder.
The petitioners said the police had now moved an application for conducting a lie-detector test on Doda, Amit and Harpreet Singh Harry. They demanded that all accused should undergo a narco test.