There seemed to be a mismatch between the recovery of weapons by Faridkot police in the Kotkapura gun house theft case and the number of weapons that were actually stolen.
Besides the number, the police data on type of weapons recovered also seemed amiss.
The Faridkot police had claimed to have solved the case of theft at the gun house in the first week of November. So far, they claim to have recovered 13 .12-bore rifles against the alleged theft of only four weapons of this specification; three pistols or revolvers against the allegedly stolen 23 and four .315-bore rifles against the stolen seven.
Police had claimed to have recovered 10 weapons after arresting two people on November 6. The weapons included three .315-bore rifles, four .12- bore rifles and three pistols and revolvers.
After initial investigation, the police claimed that 10 more weapons were recovered by the Majitha police of Amritsar district and a case in this regard was registered in Amritsar, thus claiming to have solved the theft at Sher-e-Punjab gun house in Kotkapura on October 6.
However, the FIR registered by Kotkapura police on October 6 on the complaint of Ekjot Singh, owner of the Sher-e Punjab gun house, says all 34 weapons besides 1,243 cartridges were stolen from his shop.
Pistols and revolvers were a major theft because, according to the FIR, 23 pistols and revolvers had been stolen besides seven .315 bore rifles and four .12 bore rifles.
Surprisingly, in the police recovery, the number of cheap .12-bore rifles shot up to 13 against the four stolen while out of the 23 pistols and revolvers, the police have so far recovered only three.
However, the complainant had also mentioned in his FIR that as the records of his shop were burnt, he would be able to tell the exact number of weapons later.
Shop owner under scanner
Ekjot Singh's role has also been under scanner as far as the number of weapons stolen from his shop is concerned. When contacted, the gun dealer declined to comment, saying there had been a death in his family and he was busy.
Bikramjit Singh, SP (investigation), Faridkot, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Bathinda IGP Paramraj Singh Umranangal was also not available for comments.
However, earlier, the IGP had said that the role of the gun dealer was also doubtful because he had later admitted to the police that the exact number of stolen weapons from his shop was about 20.
"He might not have told the police the exact number of stolen weapons as the records of his shop were burnt. However, we are trying to know the exact number," he said, adding that police believed the stolen weapons from his shop were around 20.