Head constable Jasbir Singh, 52, posted as a gunman with popular Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, allegedly shot himself dead with his AK-47 gun outside the singer’s residence in Jalandhar in the wee hours of Friday.
Hans’ son Yuvraj and brother Amreek Singh were present at the house near Link Road at the time of the incident.
The victim, a resident of Tung village in Tarn Taran, was attached with the singer for six years. He is survived by wife Amarjeet Kaur, a government teacher, and sons Maninderveer Singh, a BCA student in Amritsar, and Jeetwinder Singh, who is studying in New Zealand.
According to police, on Thursday night, Jasbir and another gunman Gurbaksh Singh were on duty at a tent pitched outside Hans’ house and Gurbaksh was taking rest.
Around 2.25 am, Gurbaksh heard the sound of firing and saw Jasbir lying in a pool of blood. Officials said Singh had put his weapon below his chin before pulling the trigger; 22 empty cartridges were recovered from the spot. Before Gurbaksh could react, Jasbir died on the spot.
Cops from Division No 4 police rushed there and started investigation.
The body was shifted to the civil hospital for post-mortem around 4.30 am and the police called up his family at Tarn Taran.
The police said the deceased had been suspended for a few years over a service-related issue and had been reinstated later.
His wife Amarjeet said there was nothing wrong with her husband and he would visit them on weekends; he had spoken to them on Thursday afternoon and everything was normal. At the hospital, she wailed saying that someone had killed him.
The police have registered a case under Section 174 of the CrPC on the statement of Davinder, a servant at the house.
Whereas SHO Paramjeet Singh claimed it was an accident as Jasbir had a nap while on night duty and suddenly the trigger got pulled. He ruled out foul play and the body was handed over to the family.
Dr Rajwinder Kaur, who conducted the post-mortem, said there was a single gunshot injury mark as the bullet had crossed his head. Dr Kaur said the viscera had been sent for analysis.