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Malerkotla: Day after man killed in ‘crossfire’, FIR blames ‘fellow gangsters’ of man killed

Two days after a 22-year-old man, Bikramjit Singh, alias Bobby, was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Malerkotla’s Jitwal village in Sangrur district, the police on Friday named him as a gangster along with five others in the first-information report (FIR), and claimed that he was shot by his fellow gangsters when they were firing at the police.

punjab Updated: Feb 11, 2017 16:33 IST
Avtar Singh
Bikramjit Singh’s family members holding protest against Punjab police officials in front of police station Malerkotla in Sangrur district on Thursday.
Bikramjit Singh’s family members holding protest against Punjab police officials in front of police station Malerkotla in Sangrur district on Thursday.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Two days after a 22-year-old man, Bikramjit Singh, alias Bobby, was killed in an alleged fake encounter in Malerkotla’s Jitwal village in Sangrur district, the police on Friday named him as a gangster along with five others in the first-information report (FIR), and claimed that he was shot by his fellow gangsters when they were firing at the police.

Earlier, the post-mortem examination was conducted on Thursday night despite protests by the family. The report is awaited.

On Friday, the parents of the deceased cremated the body reportedly after the police assured them of an independent probe; but later the police booked Bobby among six alleged gangsters for Wednesday night’s incident.

Besides Bobby, those named in the FIR are Amarinder Singh alias Raju, Jagpal Singh alias Kaka, Jagdeep Singh alias Deepu, Gahia Khan, and Boota Khan alias Bagga, under sections for attempt to murder and other charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act.

No murder case against anyone for the youth’s killing has yet been registered.

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POLICE, DOCS DIFFER

Sub-inspector Kulwant Kaur, station house officer, Sandhour, who led the police team on Wednesday night, said, “We had prior information that some gangsters stayed in the village. When police reached the spot, gangsters started firing at the police party and some tried to escape. Bikram (Bobby) got injuries and police took him to the civil hospital. Gahia Khan and Boota Khan escaped but Raju, Kala and Deep were arrested.”

But Dr Gursharan Singh, senior medical officer at the civil hospital, said Bobby was brought dead to the hospital.

Bobby’s father, Raghvir Singh, who runs a cycle repair kiosk, has alleged that Kulwant Kaur shot his son who had no criminal record. “Police assured us adequate relief and a job after the formation of new government in the state; but verbally; not in written” said Raghvir Singh. Police had on Thursday acknowledged that Bobby had no prior criminal record.

Questions remain

■ In the FIR, police have now claimed that Bobby died during treatment at civil hospital, Malerkotla, but SMO Dr Gursharan Singh denied this and said, “He was brought dead.”

■ The FIR says gangsters fired at the police and Bobby was hit by gangsters’ bullets, but SHO Kulwant Kaur had told HT: “There was crossfire between gangsters and police.” On Thursday, superintendent of police Raminder Singh too had said there was crossfire.