Amritsar cable operator’s suicide: No arrest yet, police release photos of suspects

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2015 21:24 IST

Having failed to arrest the persons named in the suicide case of cable operator Jaswinder Singh Jassi, the Amritsar police commissionerate on Wednesday released photographs of the suspects.

Alleging harassment at the hands of the cable mafia, Jassi had attempted suicide in the presence of judges on Saturday. He died at a hospital on Monday.

At a press conference hurriedly called on Wednesday evening, the local police showed pictures of local incharge of Fastway Cables Sarabjit Singh Raju, Akali leader Prithpal Singh Lali (both named in the suicide note) and Gurwinder Singh Babbi, whose name figures in the complaint given to the police by Jassi’s widow.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, special) Harjit Singh Brar, who is part of the special investigation team (SIT) set up to probe the case, said, “We are on the job. Teams have already been formed to arrest the suspects. Two teams have also been sent to other states for conducting raids.”

“We are not going soft on anyone,” he claimed.

Raids at Raju’s residence

After holding a closed-door meeting, a team of cops led by station house officer (SHO), Civil Lines, inspector Sukhwinder Randhawa conducted a raid at the residence of Sarabjit Singh Raju, who was not present there.

Later, a team led by ADCP Harjit Singh Brar and assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Harjit Singh Dhaliwal visited the hotel where Jassi took the extreme step on March 28.

The cops re-examined the CCTV footage, which showed Saturday’s sequence of events.

No lookout circular against Gurdip

Continuing to be tight-lipped about Fastway Company managing director (MD) Gurdeep Singh, the Amritsar police have skipped his name while issuing the lookout circular against Raju, Lalli and Babbi.

Although Gurdeep’s name figures in the suicide note, he was not named in the FIR but referred to as MD, Fastway Company, as one of the suspects.

Replying to a question, Brar said, “We are verifying Gurdeep’s role as his name doesn’t figure in the suicide note.”

When the media told him that name was mentioned there, Brar said, “We are conducting the investigation. Whoever found involved will face action.”

‘No gunman with Raju’

When asked about Punjab Police gunmen attached with Raju, Brar said, “No gunman has been given to Raju by the Amritsar police.” Earlier, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh had expressed ignorance about the matter.

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