It was an anti-climax for Gooni Prakash, a former president of a faction of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU). He fell in his own trap on Tuesday when the court held him and three others guilty of staging a fake murder attempt on himself in 2011 and sentenced each of them to three year rigorous imprisonment with fine. The other three convicts are Sukhbir, Ombir and Ram Sarup.
Gooni Prakash (in turban) coming out of the court after his conviction in a staged shootout case, in Panchkula on Tuesday.
Kaithal resident Prakash then 54-year-old had suffered two bullet injuries — one of the arm and another on the chest — on July 31, 2011. The court concluded that Prakash had asked his accomplices to shoot at him to frame his old rivals in an attempt-to murder case.
On the night when the incident had taken place, the police received the information that a person had been shot at near Batour village in Panchkula. They shifted Prakash to a Sector-6 General Hospital, where he told the cops that when he was going on a motorcycle to his sister’s place, five men came in an Maruti Alto car blocked his way. He had alleged that they put a rope around his neck, shot him twice and were about to burn him to death with petrol when a passersby appeared on the scene and the accused fled. He named his old rivals Randeep Singh of Faral village in Kaithal; Ashok, an employee of Chandigarh Police; Soni of Kaithal, and Rattan Maanof Karnal.
The police raided the suspects’ houses and found that Rattan Maan was recuperating from a fracture. In Faral village, the cops got to know that Ashok and Soni’s parents had got registered a case of cheating against Prakash a few days before the shooting.
As the police were not convinced of Prakash’s claims, they put his mobile number under surveillance. “It was found that Sukhbir and Prakash were in touch . A country-made pistol was recovered from Sukhbir and forensic report proved that the same gun was used for firing at Prakash,” said Abhishek Singh Rana, counsel for Randeep Singh.
The police registered a case against Prakash, Sukhbir, Ombir and Ram Sarup for executing a fake murder bid on August 6, 2011. “We successfully proved that it was a counter case registered to put pressure on our clients to take back the cheating case,” said SPS Parmar, another counsel for Randeep Singh.
The police also could not trace any eyewitness of the account narrated byPrakash and there were no struggle marks on the scene of crime.