The arrest of notorious gangster Jagdeep Singh Jaggu has left the Amritsar city police in a tight spot over their claims that Jaggu was around when their narcotic team had shot dead Akali leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha last month.
In his preliminary interrogation, Jaggu has told the Amritsar (rural) police that he was not in the city on June 16 when the police had shot dead Mukha in the Verka area, taking him for Jaggu.
Border range IG Ishwar Chander confirmed this, saying, “Jaggu has said that he was not there when Mukha was shot dead in an encounter.”
The revelation has left the city police embarrassed as it had repeatedly claimed that they had specific information about Jaggu’s presence in the Verka area on June 16 and he was planning a major crime. The city police had deputed several teams to track down Jaggu. They had also claimed that Jaggu was driving a white i20 car, which was similar to that of Mukha’s.
The narcotic team of Amritsar city police was left shocked as they later found that they had shot dead Mukha, taking him for Jaggu.
As the Akali Dal and locals protested against this, police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh had repeatedly said that Jaggu was in the area and that was why the Amritsar police were chasing him.
To probe the incident, the Punjab government had formed a special investigating team (SIT) led by IG (crime) Nageshwar Rao. The SIT, which was on the job the very next day, is yet to submit a report. However, the Amritsar police have already suspended a sub-inspector and an ASI of the narcotic team.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal had visited Mukha’s family that was also given Rs 5 lakh.
SAD threatens protest
With the SIT yet to submit its report, the District Akali Dal unit has threatened a protest. Questioning the working of the Amritsar police commissionerate, its president Upkar Singh Sandhu said, “If the police can nab a notorious gangster like Jaggu alive following an encounter, how come they could not nab Mukha alive. There is a conspiracy that needs to be probed.”
Sandhu has also demanded a probe into the working of the district cyber crime unit of the Amritsar police. It was the cops of the cyber cell who had given the tip-off that Jaggu was roaming in the Verka area.