A national-level shooter, Ravideep Singh Walia, has accused the police of implicating him in an illegal weapon case.
He said station house officer (SHO) of the Shimlapuri police station Balwinder Singh was changing his statements. Ravideep said he was being implicated as his family had filed a case against alleged police atrocities in a court.
Ravideep's father Varinder Pal Singh Walia said his brother-in-law Charanjit Singh Walia was murdered in Ludhiana on February 28, 2009. Fearing threat to life, they both applied for the arms licence as they were witness in the murder case, he said.
Varinder said on November 18, 2014, his son purchased a .45-bore pistol from Haryana Gun House, Ambala Cantonment. The licence was deposited in the Ludhiana police commissioner's office after mentioning the weapon and its bore in it on December 1, 2014, he said. The Ludhiana deputy commissioner sent the weapon to the Punjab Police Academy (PPA), Phillaur, which passed it after physical verification.
Ravideep said on February 27, SHO Balwinder Singh and six policemen raided his house at Palm Vihar on the Pakhowal road and seized the weapon after detaining him. The police had raided the house thrice since then, he alleged.
"After my complaints to the higher authorities fell on deaf ears, I moved the court and applied for anticipatory bail on March 17. The court also issued a notice to the SHO," said Ravideep.
On March 23, the SHO admitted to have raided the house and seized the weapon. He also admitted that no case or application was pending with the police in the case. Following this, the police registered a case against Ravideep, owners of Haryana Gun House and Kalra Gun House, Shahbad, on April 2 for possessing a prohibited weapon.
Varinder said he had filed a case against the SHO on March 26, 2014, following which he implicated his son in a false case.
The SHO, however, said the case was registered after a thorough probe. The original weapon was of .455 bore, but the accused changed it to .45 bore, he said.