Jalandhar car bomb blast: Police seek 7-day remand of 2 accused

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jan 31, 2016 09:13 IST
Accused Harbhej Singh and Ranjit Singh (right) in police custody in Jalandhar on Saturday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Police on Saturday sought seven-day remand of two of the accused in the case involving the bomb blast that took place in a Swift Dzire car at Dugri village, near here, on December 5, to recover a bomb and a laptop from Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi respectively.

The rural police produced the accused — Harbhej Singh of Jiwan Nagar in Sirsa and Ranjit Singh of Delhi — in a local court.

The two were in police custody since January 26 after they were arrested at the Delhi international airport as they were trying to flee the country.

A lookout circular was issued against them after their name was added in the first information report (FIR) filed in the case.

The police told the court that it was a deep-rooted conspiracy and the two have made their disclosure statements during their five-day interrogation.

The police said Harbhej can help them recover a bomb from Puranpur in Pillibhit of UP and has also disclosed the involvement of Palwinder Singh of Sirsa and Mehanga Singh of Rohini in Delhi.

They said Ranjit told them about the laptop that contains information about the entire conspiracy and module and it has to be recovered from Rohini.

The defence counsel argued that when the police had even produced other accused — Hardeep Singh of Bholath and Jagmohan Singh of Gadaipur — in another court and had sought their remand for recovering a bomb from Muktsar, but did not take them to the alleged spot.

After hearing the arguments, the court sent the accused in police custody till Monday (February 1).

Meanwhile, Lambra police have booked another accused Hardeep Singh for murdering NRI Hakam Singh who was found dead in his house at Dhaliwal village of the district on October 15, 2014.

A case was registered against unidentified persons four days later.

The police told the court that supplementary statements by the complainant and a nambardar have named Hardeep in the case and sought seven-day remand to investigate his role in this.

The defence counsel argued the police have booked Hardeep in this case just to procure his remand. He filed an application requesting that if the police want to quiz him in the murder case, he (the counsel) should be present during interrogation.

The court allowed the defence application and sent Hardeep to three-day police custody.

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