'Implicating' paralysed man: Verka marks inquiry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 11:19 IST

Vice-chairman of National Commission for SC/ST Raj Kumar Verka has ordered a police inquiry into allegations of a Scheduled Caste woman that her paralysed husband has been falsely jailed by a trainee IPS officer.

Verka on Monday marked an inquiry to police commissioner Pramod Ban and asked him to file an investigation report within 15 days.

A resident of Joshi Nagar of Haibowal, Balwinder Kaur stated that the Division Number 4 police had booked her husband Lakhwinder Singh alias Lucky Dhidh, her sons Aman and Sonu and their friend Arun for attempt to murder, snatching, theft under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act on July 27 following a complaint by a wine contractor, Gurpartap Singh.

Gurpartap had alleged that Lakhwinder and others had snatched his pistol and opened fire on him.
The woman claimed that no one was injured in the 'incident', but using his influence, the wine contractor had implicated her family members in a fake case.

She added that she had filed a complaint with the police commissioner on August 1 and demanded an inquiry into the case, following which the police chief had marked an inquiry to the then assistant commissioner of policer (ACP) (north) Kulwant Singh.

“After inquiring the matter, the ACP in his report on September 4 recommended to remove sections of attempt to murder and snatching that were imposed on Lakhwinder and his sons. He also recommended to file a cross case on Gurpartap and his accomplices,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, ACP Kulwant Singh was transferred and trainee IPS officer Dharuv Daya took over the charge. “Without going through the facts, Daya in connivance with Gurpartap ordered the police to arrest my husband on September 17,” she alleged, adding that her husband was was paralysed and diabetic and her health had sunk several times in police custody.

She further alleged that her sons' friend Arun was under depression due to harassment since he was booked, and had recently died of depression.

Kaur further added that though the police had booked Gurpartap under sections 354 (molestation), 379 (theft) and 341 (illegal confinement) of the IPC after the inquiry report of ACP Kulwant Singh, they never arrested them.

When contacted, ACP Dharuv Daya claimed that the inquiry conducted by his predecessor was neither recommended by a court or his senior officials. “As attempt to murder is a serious offence, I had made the arrest after inquiring the matter personally,” he said, further claiming that there was no cross FIR in the matter.

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