With a local court seeking a fresh report on the health condition of Jagmohan Singh, the prime accused in the case involving a car bomb blast on December 5, from the Kapurthala Modern Jail hospital, the rural police have to wait for more days to get his custody to get some leads in the case.
Doctors at the jail hospital are considering to refer Jagmohan to another hospital, a move being seen as a setback for the police as they have failed in getting his custody so far.
Ajay Kumar, a resident of Moti Nagar, was killed while Jagmohan of Gadaipur village on the outskirts of the city, sustained injuries when a tiffin bomb containing ammonium nitrate accidentally exploded in a Maruti Swift Dzire car at Dugri village, 20 kilometres from the district headquarters on December 5.
Jagmohan remained in a private hospital for two weeks. After conducting technical investigation, the police on December 16 arrested Hardeep Singh, a resident of Akhara Market in Bholath, Kapurthala, after recovering the second tiffin bomb.
On Thursday, a local court had sought a report from the jail superintendent about the physical condition of Jagmohan as well as medical facilities available in the jail hospital for his treatment.
Defence counsel Mandeep Singh Sachdeva on November 24 had moved an application in the court and requested for Jagmohan’s transfer to the Amritsar Medical College or the civil hospital. A day before (November 23), a local court had directed the police to produce Jagmohan and his co-accused Hardeep after hearing the pleas of the police seeking custody of both for further investigation.
In the application, the defence counsel had pleaded that Jagmohan had suffered serious injuries in the blast and his left ear and left hand were badly damaged.
Jagmohan is already facing three cases of murder and one of running drug trade.
The defence counsel informed the court that when Jagmohan was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, the rural police on December 19 got him forcibly discharged from there and produced him in court.
Considering Jagmohan’s condition after going through his medical reports, the court had sent him to the jail hospital and the date of hearing was fixed on December 23.
The counsel told the court that the jail authorities on December 23 reported that Jagmohan cannot be brought to the court since he was admitted in the jail hospital. The police had also moved the application seeking production warrants, but the court declined the same.
Dr Abhishek of Kapurthala Modern Jail hospital said, “Since it was a holiday today I could not read the court order. Treatment facilities at the jail hospital are limited due to which we are considering to refer him to another government hospital.”
On December 16, with the arrest of Hardeep, the police claimed to have recovered from him the explosives prepared from ammonium nitrate fertilizer and which were supplied by their accomplices from Sirsa in Haryana.
Hardeep was sent to jail on December 23 after the court declined to grant the police more remand. The police have been trying hard to get the remand to get details about the Sirsa-based men who had supplied explosive to them.