Fifteen days after a Punjab Police head constable, who was attached without orders as gunman with an NRI, allegedly fired at a sarpanch, the higher-ups have suspended Kartarpur SHO and the cop. The SHO, inspector Sukhpal Singh, reportedly had verbally attached the head constable, Manmohan Singh, with the NRI.
The NRI and Manmohan had allegedly attacked the house of Phillaur’s Mathhada Kalan village sarpanch Kanti Mohan on April 19 night over Panchayat land dispute.
The preliminary police probe established that head constable Manmohan Singh was attached by the SHO without official nod as NRI’s gunman, on the instructions of a “controversial” son of a former minister.
Hindustan Times through a report on May 2 reported how the rural police was trying to hush-up the matter and not taking any action against the head constable and his superiors.
“The initial probe by the Kartarpur DSP Mandeep Singh found that the gunman was attached with the NRI on the verbal orders of the SHO. Though the facts would come to fore in the probe by the Special Investigating Team (SIT) formed on the orders of DIG Jalandhar Range, we have suspended the SHO and the head constable,” said Jalandhar (rural) SSP, Harmmohan Singh Sandhu.
When asked to identify the SAD leader on whose behest the Kartarpur SHO attached the gunman with the NRI, the SSP refused to disclose his name, saying investigations were on.
Initially, senior cops were trying to shield the head constable. Jalandhar range DIG Rajinder Singh had on May 1 given a clean chit to the head constable.
Meanwhile, the police have also added the name of the head constable in the FIR registered against 23 persons, including two by name, at the Phillaur police station.
Notably, the land dispute pertains to 32-kanals of panchayat land that was earlier in the illegal possession of a Sewa Ram of Rurka Kalan village. The panchayat took control of the land after sarpanch Kanti Mohan fought the case in the court. As per sarpanch’s statement in the FIR, a group led by local SAD leaders is after him as it wanted to grab the land through Sewa Ram.