With police treating the death of 31-year-old Tejinder Singh Teji of Fathehgarh Churian in Gurdaspur after falling off the 8th floor of a building in Mohali as suicide, the deceased’s mother Kamlesh Kaur has demanded a judicial inquiry into the case. On Sunday afternoon, police had raised the rented flat of Teji at Emaar MGF Housing Society in Sector 105, but events that transpired led to the death of Teji. The police have registered a case under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)). Under the Section, the police are to inquire and report on suicide, but Kamlesh insists it is murder.
“My son cannot jump as the police are claiming. He was brave and loved his family. It is a conspiracy. I will meet the Punjab chief minister and demand a judicial inquiry,” Kamlesh claimed.
“Four men in civvies came, ordered my son to go with them. When he refused, threw him out of the balcony from the 8th floor. It is clear case of murder, as they did not even have a warrant. He had been acquitted in all cases registered against him,” she claimed, adding that Teji was now into the business of offering immigration services in SAS Nagar for 10 years now. “I doubt if the four men who came were policemen,” she claimed.
Teji’s uncle Harbhajan Singh, of Amritsar, questioned the role of police, “The police did not earmark the spot where he fell. It is also unclear why they entered a wrong flat number at the entry gate.”
With the case grabbing the headlines, the SAS Nagar police has said it will take the help of the forensic department to crack the case. SAS Nagar SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal told HT, “As far as allegations of family members are concerned, they are yet to give us a formal (written) complaint. The forensics department has been asked to answer the question of how Teji fell from the building.”
Police were on hunt for illegal weapons
It was the hunt for illegal weapons that led the police to conduct a raid at the flat in Sector-105, it has now emerged.
As recently as April 18, Patiala police had booked Teji for supplying a .315 pistol, illegally, to the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. Teji was killed after he fell off the 8th floor of Emaar MGF Housing Society in Sector 105 in a bid to escape arrest by the raiding Nabha police team.
Teji faced four cases, acquitted in one
Even as Teji’s mother alleged that her son was murdered and had been acquitted in all cases, he faces pending cases. In 2014, he was acquitted in a cheating case registered at Fathehgarh Churian in August 2006. Among the pending cases he faces are a 2008 case in Amritsar district under Sections 382 (planning to commit robbery with intent to kill) and 34 (act done by several people in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.
The guard’s version
The security guard, who was on duty, about 1pm on Sunday, when Teji fell down from the 8th floor said, “He fell on the hips and became unconscious as soon as he hit the ground. I was not aware of what had happened.” Teji was rushed to the Fortis Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Post-mortem done, body given to family
Teji’s post-mortem was conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital and the body has been handed over to family members. Teji’s wife was not present at the flat when the incident happened, as she was at her parents’ house at Una in Himachal Pradesh. Teji’s son Pranav Pal Singh (10) and daughter Mannat Kaur (8) were busy playing.