Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi, the prime accused in the killing of an assistant sub-inspector in Kapurthala on May 14, was arrested in March in a drug case but was released by an inspector after allegedly taking bribe.
Inspector Amarjit Singh, in-charge of Vairowal police station falling in Khadoor Sahib sub-division, was dismissed on Wednesday for misconduct.
Confirming the development, Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police Manmohan Sharma told HT that the inspector was dismissed after matter was brought to the notice of director general of police (DGP) Suresh Arora.
“Had Gopi been in jail, the life of a police officer would have been saved”, he added.
ASI Surinder Singh of Kuka village in Kapurthala district was mowed down at Subhanpur chowk by Gopi and his two associates Vijay Pal and Gurpal Singh when he signalled them to stop at a naka.
Constable Harpal Singh, who was accompanying the ASI, sustained serious injuries in the incident.
Later, the Kapurthala police nabbed all three accused. During interrogation, Gopi told cops that he was arrested in March in a case registered at the Vairowal police station in a drug case. Gopi told police that he was released by inspector Amarjit Singh, who took money from him.