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Hoshiarpur youth’s death: high court orders SIT probe

Sanjeev Verma , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, May 21, 2014
First Published: 10:08 IST(21/5/2014) | Last Updated: 13:09 IST(21/5/2014)

Raising eyebrows over the inquiry re port submitted by the Hoshiarpur superintendent of police (detective) into the alleged murder of Gurwinder Singh, 20, in July 2012, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered Jalandhar range deputy inspector general (DIG) of police to get the case probed by constituting a special investigating team (SIT).

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Hearing a petition filed by the deceased’s mother, Usha Rani, seeking a probe by an independent agency, justice Surinder Gupta directed that the SIT should be headed by an IPS officer of the rank of superintendent of police.

As per the police report, it was on the intervening night of July 11-12, 2012, that Bhawani Nagar resident Gurwinder Singh was found lying on the road in an inebriated condition as a result of a motorcycle accident after a late-night birthday party; he was later declared dead by the Hoshiarpur civil hospital.

However, the petitioner had alleged that Jatinder Singh, a resident of Harchowal village (Hoshiarpur), had murdered her son, a student of a diploma course (mechanical branch) from Lohar Kangna College, since a few days before the incident, he (Jatinder) had a fight with her son and was accompanying the deceased on the fateful night.

‘SHAM POLICE REPORT’

Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Arnav Sood had argued that the report submitted by the SP (detective) was based on false and frivolous claims, and had glaring contradictions. The counsel averred that the chemical examiner’s report, clearly stating that no alcohol content was found in the deceased’s blood, had arrived before the finalisation of the police officer’s report, but even then the inquiry report wrongly mentioned that the deceased had consumed alcohol.

He added that the chemical examiner’s report also proved wrong accused Jatinder’s statement that the deceased had consumed alcohol with him. The court was informed that assistant sub-inspector Jagmohan Singh, who was the first to reach the spot, had mentioned that he found only the deceased lying on the spot. However, Jatinder, in his statement, had told the police that he was also lying on the road along with the deceased.

Sood had also told the court that the police was buckling under the influence of the accused as the latter had political links and the deceased’s mother was receiving threat calls to withdraw the case.

The court has now granted two months’ time to the police to submit its status report.

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