After five days of the attack on the chambers of lawyer Gian Singh Mungo, who represented Delhi legislator Naresh Yadav of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Malerkotla Quran sacrilege case, a watchman, Ravi, was remanded in judicial custody on Sunday. On Monday, Nabha Bar Association went on a strike, demanding a transparent investigation.
Police remain silent on the attack and Ravi’s motive. Deputy superintendent of police Manpreet Singh said at this stage, he could disclose nothing except that the mobile phone recovered from the chamber belonged to the watchman.
“What was the urgency to arrest the watchman and present before the court on Sunday when he was in contact with the police since Day One?” said lawyer DP Singh. Advocate ML Sharma said the attack didn’t seem to be the work of just one man.
“There were blood stains on the spot, while the watchman is not injured,” he said.
Bar association president Mungo doubted the police approach. “The watchman could be drugged. Why did police take five days to come up with the theory that he was involved?” he said.
The DSP tried to assure the lawyers that the investigation was fair but the advocates had so many unanswered questions.
AAP’s Patiala coordinator Dr Balbir Singh found the investigation slow.
“The government is trying to demoralise our party workers through these tactics. Why is the investigation is so slow when police have so many clues such as the mobile phone and the blood stains in the chamber?” he said, threatening protests, if police didn’t catch “the true culprits”.
Former additional advocate general Mungo had switched to the AAP from the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal recently and was assisting it in the sacrilege case. The police had caught the watchman on the morning of the attack and found him “too drunken to be questioned”. The DSP said he would have to look at the forensic report before saying anything further.