The central jail authorities here on Wednesday night thwarted an attempt by former Akali MLA Sarabjit Singh Makkar to meet his nephew, former councillor Ram Simran Singh Makkar, who is behind bars in the murder case of Jalandhar hotelier Gurkirat Singh.
Initially, Makkar asked the jail authorities on the phone to allow him to meet the undertrial after 8 pm. The authorities turned down his request, citing jail rules.
Soon, Makkar, accompanied by his gunmen, arrived in his car at the jail's main gate. Talking to Hindustan Times, Home Guard jawan Surjan Lal, who was on duty at the gate along with another guard, said Makkar claimed that he was the deputy jail superintendent.
New on prison duty, Lal had not yet met the deputy jail superintendent and didn't recognise him. So, he allowed Makkar to cross the main gate. However, the prison staff, directed by the authorities not to let the former MLA enter, put up a barrier before the inside gate.
Makkar pleaded with the security guards to let him meet the deputy jail superintendent, but to no avail. A few minutes later, he left the jail premises.
When contacted on the phone, jail superintendent Surinder Singh Saini told HT that he was out of station. When asked about Makkar's request, he said it was not possible for the staff to allow an undertrial's meeting with a visitor against jail norms.
Deputy jail superintendent Balbir Singh claimed that he was at his residence and was unaware of Makkar's request to meet his nephew.
Ram Simran and two others are facing trial in the court of the district and sessions judge, Gurdaspur, in connection with the murder which took place in Jalandhar in 2011.