Wife of Gurdev Singh, the ASI who was shot near a restaurant on the Jalandhar-Phagwara National Highway around 1 am on Monday, has questioned the functioning of the Punjab Police as she alleged that her husband was discharging his duties without his service revolver.
Gurdev Singh, who was posted with PCR, Kapurthala, was on way to his native village, Karamjeetpur, near Sultanpur Lodhi when he was attacked and beaten up by some assailants on July 21 last year. They also took his .38-bore service revolver, six rounds and two cellphones before fleeing the spot.
“The police had not provided new revolver to my husband since his weapon was snatched in July last year. He used to discharge his duties without a revolver,” the ASI's wife told mediapersons after his cremation here on Tuesday as tears welled up her eyes.
“A police officer had died while performing his duty. We want speedy justice now, what else we can expect and demand,” she added.
When questioned by mediapersons, inspector general of police Gurpreet Deo, however, refused to comment on whether the ASI was performing duty without a service revolver.
“We cannot share details of investigation as of now. We will tell you about this during the course of investigation,” she said.
Earlier, Gurdev Singh was cremated with full state honours. IGP Gurpreet Deo, DIG Lok Nath Angra and superintendent of police (headquarters) Kulwant Singh Blaggan were among the officials who laid wreaths on the ASI's body on behalf of the Punjab Police. A contingent of the Kapurthala police fired shots in the air and reversed their arms as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Parminder Singh, the elder son of the ASI, who returned from Australia On Tuesday morning, lit the pyre.
Cong MLA apprehends revival of terrorism
Kapurthala: Local MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, who attended the cremation of ASI Gurdev Singh, on Tuesday apprehended revival of terrorism in the state.
“It is highly unfortunate that police officers are being killed in the state while performing their duties. Certain political persons are responsible for this as they shield criminals for their benefits,” he told mediapersons.
“The law and order situation in the state is deteriorating. I don't know what the present government is doing about it. If they do not snub activists of its units like SOI, such incidents could lead to terrorism in the state,” he added.
“The state government should take action against those leaders who shelter criminals in order to maintain law and order in the state,” he added.
No leader from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance was present at the cremation to comfort the bereaved family.