Despite assuring that justice will be done in the Gurpreet Singh Gopi murder case, the police have rejected the claims of the family of the deceased that Gopi was abducted from his house and then murdered.
The police made this claim on the basis of investigations conducted by Jagdeep Singh, SP (detective) of the Amritsar rural police.
However, Gopi's mother Sukhraj Kaur claimed that her son was abducted from their house on the outskirts of Nangli Wanjawala village and then tortured in the house of Pargat Singh. Gopi later died in a hospital in Amritsar of injuries inflicted with sharp-edged weapons.
Subsequently, a murder case against 11 persons, including Akali sarpanch Amarjit Singh, was registered at the Ajnala police station on the statement of Sukhraj.
Contesting Sukhraj's claim, Amritsar rural SSP PS Virk told the media here on Sunday that as per investigations, Gopi had scaled the wall of the house of Pargat Singh on the night of December 8. He had gone there to meet Pargat's younger daughter-in-law.
According to the SSP, the investigating officer had visited the village and talked to the residents there, including those who were close to Gopi's family. He however said further investigations were on in the case.
The investigations have also cast doubts on the charges against three other persons who were named in the FIR. These include Sumittar Singh and his two sons, Balraj and Gurpal. While Sumittar was on duty at the sugar mill in Bhallapind, where he works as a security guard, his two sons were attending the wedding of a relative in another village, the police said.
On the involvement of Amarjit, an office-bearer of the Ajnala unit of the SAD, IGP (border range) RP Mittal, who was also present in the media briefing, stated that investigations were still on to ascertain the sarpanch's involvement. However, as per the report of the investigating officer, the sarpanch was called later to the house of Pargat Singh and it was he who informed the police about the injured Gopi.
"We are not trying to shield the sarpanch. All those involved will be brought to book," SSP PS Virk said.
So far, the police have arrested Pargat Singh and his son Swaran Singh, besides Ninder Singh and his son Amritpal Singh. All the four belong to Nangli Wanjawala village.
The family of Gopi, including his mother, had met Mittal on Friday, along with former health minister and BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla. Sukhraj had expressed unhappiness over the manner in which the police were proceeding in the case.
Chawla had even visited Nangli Wanjawala village two days after the murder. She had alleged that the police was trying to shield the sarpanch and had demanded the arrest of all the accused.