Even as the commissionerate police claimed to have cracked the case involving murderous attack on deputy superintendent of police (jails) Vikramjeet Panthe, the latter on Wednesday insisted that the mastermind who hatched the conspiracy is still at large.
The revelations have sent shockwaves in the city police.
Panthe, who was at a private hospital for his check-up for the first time after the attack, claimed,“I received a call from an unknown number on Monday evening. The caller claimed to be my well-wisher and shared two names as that of conspirators”.
Though he refused to divulge the “two names” shared by the caller, Panthe said he has informed the police about the development as well as names given by the unknown caller to him.
He informed that the caller was speaking in Punjabi and they talked for about five minutes. “I have no personal enmity with anyone. The culprits should be arrested as soon as possible,” a disheartened Panthe said.
Sources in the police department said a network between jail officials and criminals does not like Panthe as he works with honesty and discipline, which irked many cops and criminals lodged in the jail.
The attack has brought to the fore dubious activities being carried out by criminals lodged inside the Kapurthala jail, they added. They said the situation has become alarming with these criminals plotting attacks on the jail staff, supplying drugs to other inmates in connivance with some “corrupt prison officials”.
They also added that a particular lobby does not want Panthe to work in this jail due to his behavior as he used to register case against convicts or under trails immediately who are being found using mobile or drugs or sent them into dark cell (popularly known as chakki) as punishment but others take leniency over criminals.
The department’s attitude towards Panthe can be gauged from the fact that no security has been provided to him even after 11 days of attack on him, an official said.
Moreover, the home department has also not issued any statement or direction over the incident which is demoralising for the police force.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajinder Singh said the police have been interrogating three gangsters and the actual mastermind will also be arrested soon.
On July 6, police had arrested gangsters Sukhwinder Singh ‘Bhau’, Sukhi Bidhipuria and Fateh Singh, after a two-hour encounter in the city. The police claimed that Bidhipuria along with Fateh had attacked DSP Panthe on June 27.