Malerkotla shootout case: Sangrur SSP suspends nine cops

  • Gagandeep Singh Gill, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2015 23:43 IST

In a big relief to Sangrur police, Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, has certified that two brothers Satwinder Kumar and Sunil Kumar, residents of Sherpur village, who were injured in a shootout at Malerkotla on August 18, had not received any bullet injuries. According to the DMC report, the injuries on them were caused by glass splinters. The two were admitted to DMC, following the incident.

Meanwhile, on the report submitted by DSP (D) Krishan Kumar Painthe, senior superintendent of police (SSP) PPS Thind suspended nine cops who were involved in the 'mistaken identity shootout' and posted them to police lines.

Talking to HT on Friday, Thind said, "Action was taken against the cops immediately after receiving of the two reports. Further investigation is on."

Earlier, the family members of the two victims were not willing to pursue the case, while one of the injured, Sunil, alleged that the police were not taking any action against their own accused personnel.

Speaking on the issue, Thind said, "Statements of both the victim brothers have been recorded. They have stated that they became nervous when being asked to stop at a naka and sped away. Suspecting them to be criminals, the police chased and fired at them, following which they suffered injuries. It was a case of mistaken identity."

Thind added, "The police had recorded their statement on August 23 and Sunil, in his statement, had given the names of three cops who were involved in the firing. He had named Kewal Krishan, Daljit and Gurmel."

Meanwhile, Sunil had earlier denied that the brothers or their family members were under any pressure from the police to make a compromise.

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