Mystery shrouds 'escape' of undertrial from hospital

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 10, 2014 22:54 IST

Mystery shrouds the "escape" of undertrial Bikramjit Singh from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital at Government Medical College on May 5.

Police have registered a case under sections 22, 223 and 224 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the undertrial, who was undergoing 20 years imprisonment in a murder case at the Amritsar central jail.

The undertrial, a resident of Algaon Kalan near Bhikiwind in Tarn Taran district had been admitted to the hospital for a backbone ailment.
His elder brother Dalbir Singh, however, refuted the "escape" claim of police and even forwarded a written representation to police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh in this connection.

Addressing reporters here on Saturday along with his mother and other relatives, Dalbir alleged that his brother was "abducted by police and by their rival party", who wanted to avenge the killing of six of their relatives.

The six murders were a result of an old enmity, in which Bikramjit and four of his relatives were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

According to Dalbir, on the evening of May 5, when he had gone to the hospital to handover food to his brother, he saw some people pushing his brother into a SUV. He chased the SUV and caught up with it on Chamrang road, where his brother was bundled into another vehicle, claimed Dalbir. He claimed to have seen two vehicles speeding away with his brother.

However, as soon as the vehicles sped away, Dalbir raised an alarm for help, as a result of which two of the abductors were caught by the people present on the spot. The two apprehended abductors were constables Aman Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, he claimed.

In his complaint to police, Dalbir named inspector Naugrang Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gulshanbir Singh, constables Aman Singh and Lakhwinder Singh for their involvement in his brother's abduction.

The others who were named by him are Budhiraj Singh, Naunihal Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Kulbir Singh - all residents of Algaon Kothi - with whom Dalbir's family had some old enmity.

"My brother was to be released in three or four months. I do not know the motive behind the kidnapping. Perhaps our rivals wanted to settle scores for which they even sought the help of police after paying them a hefty amount," he claimed.

Interestingly ASI Gulshanbir Singh surrendered in a local court on Friday, while the others were still at large. None of the cops, who were named in the crime, are posted in Amritsar.

"Even after taking the surrendered ASI in custody, police failed to trace my brother," said Dalbir, expressing fear that his brother might have died, as he had seen blood stain on his face when he was being shifted from one vehicle to another by the abductors.

Though he had noted down the registration numbers of the two vehicles waiting on Chamrang road, but those turned out to be fake after verification. He also pointed to the "dubious" record of Naurang Singh during the period of terrorism in Punjab.

"We want our brother to be traced and culprits to be arrested," he added.

When contacted, police officials said they had questioned the ASI and efforts were afoot to trace Bikramjit Singh.They claimed to be working on some tip-off.

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