Akali councillor pleads innocence, sent in judicial custody

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2014 23:38 IST

A day after the Amritsar police arrested SAD councillor Dilbagh Singh in connection with thrashing of a head constable, a local court on Tuesday sent the councillor in judicial custody.

Coming out of the court complex, the councillor claimed: “I have done nothing wrong and the allegations levelled by the head constable are baseless and false. I am being booked by police for no reason. The story about posters, as told by the head constable, is also concocted.”

Notably, after the intervention of Punjab director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh had dismissed inspector Upkar Singh, head constables Satpal Singh, Kulwant Singh and Balwinder Singh for allegedly thrashing head constable Dilbagh Singh at the behest of Akali councillor.

All four cops along with the Akali councillor and seven others were booked by police on August 24.

Police so far have arrested four people, including inspector Upkar Singh, head constable Satpal Singh, Akali councillor Dilbagh Singh and his brother Jagga in this connection.

Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, “Of the total 13 persons booked in this case, we have arrested four, while efforts are on to nab the rest of the accused. For the same, and already police parties are sent to various locations.”

Notably, head constable Dilbagh Singh had alleged that the SAD councillor “threatened” him and asked him to include his photograph in a poster of a fair, which was to be organised by the head constable.

As the head constable denied doing it, an argument broke out between. The councillor complained that the head constable had abused him, following which inspector Upkar Singh along with his gunmen picked the head constable from his house.

They allegedly not only kept the head constable in illegal confinement for two days, but also assaulted him badly.

The police commissioner admitted that the head constable was beaten up in the presence of Akali councillor and on August 24 booked the Akali councillor and also the SHO along with three gunmen. Even the cops were suspended by Aulakh on August 24.

A case was registered against 13 people, including cops and SAD leader, under sections 452, 342, 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and theArms Act on Sunday night.

However, considering the seriousness of the case, DGP Saini flew down to Amritsar on Monday and directed police commissioner Aulakh to dismiss the four cops.

Notably, local SAD leaders had backed their councillor and even staged a dharna outside the office of police commissioner Aulakh on Monday night.

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