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Abohar murder: File probe status report by March 8, HC tells Punjab govt

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued notice to the Punjab government and four special investigation team (SIT) members on a petition accusing the investigation agency of deliberately delaying filing of challan in the infamous Abohar Dalit murder case.

punjab Updated: Mar 03, 2016 20:10 IST
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The petitioners ---parents of Dalit man Bheem Tank, who was brutally murdered in December last year, and Gurjant Singh, who was injured in the attack--- told court that they apprehend unfair probe in the case.
The petitioners ---parents of Dalit man Bheem Tank, who was brutally murdered in December last year, and Gurjant Singh, who was injured in the attack--- told court that they apprehend unfair probe in the case.(HT Photo)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday issued notice to the Punjab government and four special investigation team (SIT) members on a petition accusing the investigation agency of deliberately delaying filing of challan in the infamous Abohar Dalit murder case.

The court has directed officials’ concerned to file a report on the status of investigation by March 8.

The petitioners ---parents of Dalit man Bheem Tank, who was brutally murdered in December last year, and Gurjant Singh, who was injured in the attack--- told court that they apprehend unfair probe in the case.

They accused SIT members --- Ferozepur deputy inspector general of police AS Chahal, Fazilka senior superintendent of police Inder Mohan Bhatti, Bathinda SP (headquarters) Nanak Singh and Abohar SP Harjit Singh --- of “intentionally delaying filing of challan in the case thereby benefiting the main accused and Akali leader Shiv Lal Doda.

In case the investigating agency fails to file challan within 90 days from the date of arrest, the accused would be entitled for bail. The 90-day period for other three accused, Radhey Sham, Gulab and Harpreet alias Harry, would end on March 14.

The petitioners have accused police of trying to shield Doda.

Notably, a petition filed by Bheem’s parents and Gurjant’s brother for transfer of the case to the CBI is also pending before the court. The petitioners said 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.