Four people, including the main accused, wanted for assaulting and ‘parading naked’ a police head constable were arrested on Thursday evening.
Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha (27), son of Akali sarpanch of Virk Kalan village Jagdev Singh, was evading arrest since the incident on December 12.
Senior superintendent of police Swapan Sharma said Lakha and three others were arrested from near Sangat Mandi in Bathinda district. Other accused have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh alias Sukha (19), Jagjit Singh (24) and Satnam Singh (26).
Head constable Malkit Singh of Butter Bakhua village in Muktsar district was on duty at the village, when the accused, who allegedly were drunk, blocked the road at the village. When the cop confronted them, the accused overpowered him and took him to Lakha’s house, where he was beaten up, his uniform was torn and was allegedly paraded naked. The cop was rescued by a police team.
The SSP said after committing the crime, the accused took shelter at their relatives’ places in Hanumangarh in Rajasthan and Saidewala village in Haryana. He said at least nine criminal cases were registered against Lakhwinder at several police stations. “During his posting at Balluana police station, head constable Malkit Singh had arrested Lakha three years ago in an attempt to murder case. “Since then Lakha wanted to settle scores with Malkit,” the SSP said.
Sarpanch Jagdev and his servant Bogar Singh had already been arrested.