A retired Brigadier, serving Lt Col and a Major were arrested and booked after a man, who reportedly intervened into a scuffle between the army officers and a couple on late Friday evening, died under mysterious circumstances.
The cause of the scuffle was a minor collision between the vehicles of the couple and the Army officers.
DSP Manoj Thakur said the trio was booked under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint of the victim’s kin, who claimed that a push by the officers became the cause of the death of their relative, identified as Anil Kapoor of Indira Colony in Pathankot.
As per DSP, on the statement of the victim’s friend, retired Brigadier Arun, his son Lt Col Arjun Kasta and son-in-law Major Rahul, all from Gurgaon, have been booked and arrested.
The DSP said the army officers were on their way back to Lt Col Kasta and major Rahul’s official residence at Mamum Cantt after having dinner when their vehicle collided with the vehicle of the couple at Dalhousie Road in Pathankot and a verbal spat between them ensued.
The deceased and his friend Vinay Kumar, who were travelling in a car, intervened into the matter, said the DSP.
Vinay told police that, said the DSP, the army officers, who were accompanied by two women, enter into scuffle with Anil, who as a result fell on the ground and started shivering.
Some passers-by rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead, said the DSP.
SHO Sukhjinder Singh soon reached the spot and on the statement of the vicim’s family booked and arrested the army officers, said the DSP.
Police, however, faced the ire of the victim’s kin, who were asking police to handover the army officers to them for a justice, but police managed to calm them down. We are waiting for the report of the post-mortem, he concluded.
Geeta, one of the women who were accompanying the army officers, trashed the allegations that any of the army officers was responsible for the death of the victim.
She said their clash was with the couple and no manhandling happened there. We came to know about the death of the person on Saturday morning, she concluded.