The Jalandhar commissionerate police, who are already in the eye of storm for its shoddy handling of the kidney scam, are courting another controversy, as deputy superintendent of police (jails) Vikramjeet Singh Panthe has accused the city police of interrogating 15 gangsters in the case of murderous attack on him on June 27, without taking him into confidence.
In a letter written to police commissioner Yurinder Singh Hayer, Panthe said he has not submitted any list about the suspected assailants to his department and as well as to the city police.
He mentioned that he even did not know about the 15 accused who were brought by investigating officers in his case, and the police did not even inform him about development in the case.
He said the jail department had handed over a list of 15 gangsters to the city police, but the department never discussed such list with him.
"I have not named anyone in my preliminary or supplementary statements to the city police," said Panthe, adding that he was also surprised over the questioning of 15 gangsters who were brought by police from various jails in this case.
Panthe said, "I have no personal enmity with anyone. The real culprits should be arrested as soon as possible."
Sources said a letter from the jail department was given to the city police with the names of gangsters to be interrogated in this connection.
On August 31, Panthe had claimed that jail superintendent Paramjeet Singh Sandhu was behind the murderous attack on him.
ADCP-II Amrik Singh Powar said, "We have interrogated the gangsters after the jail department sent a letter to us and have yet to call the jail superintendent for questioning in the case."
Powar asked to contact ADCP J Elanchezhian for more details. However, the ADCP was unavailable for comments.
As per the details, gangsters Amanveer Singh Lalli, his brother Harjot Singh Harry, Paramveer Singh Rinka Tarwinder Singh Tally, Jugraj Singh, Palwinder Singh Pinda, Lawrence Bishnoi, former congress councillor Sukhmeet Deputy, Jatinder Mand, Aman,
Gurdeep Singh, Lakhvir Singh and others were quizzed by the city police after the attack on Panthe.
The city police claimed that they had not found anything relevant from their interrogation and the gangsters were sent back to their respective jails.
Sources maintained that a high-profile drug nexus was being run in Kapurthala, Patiala and Bathinda jails in connivance with corrupt prison officials and a particular lobby did not want Panthe to work due to his "upright approach", which was a hindrance in their business.