No arrests made in cable operator’s suicide attempt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2015 22:34 IST

A day after a local cable operator attempted to commit suicide, alleging harassment at the hands of some top officials of Fastway Cable Network and their associates, the local police are yet to arrest any of the accused named in the FIR.

The accused were booked by police under sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 501 (attempt to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The case was registered at the Ranjit Avenue police post on the basis of the suicide note recovered from Jaswinder Singh, the victim, who attempted suicide by consuming pesticide.

Those whose names were figured in the FIR are Gurdip Singh, MD, Fastway Cables; Sarabjit Singh Raju, local in charge of Fastway; and Akali leader Pritpal Singh Lalli. Two unidentified persons are also figured in the FIR.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh said: “No arrest has been made in this connection so far.”

He, however, made it clear that none of the accused would be spared and every effort would be made to arrest them, claiming that raids were being conducted.

Victim serious

Meanwhile, the condition of the victim continues to be serious and he is under constant observation of doctors.He is still on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a local private hospital.

In his suicide note, Jaswinder had levelled allegations against Raju and Pritpal for having “captured” the cable network business in his area.

Jaswinder claimed that Pritpal, whose wife is a councillor of the Amritsar municipal corporation, had setup his own parallel cable network business with the backing of Raju in the Baba Sahib Chowk area of the city — where Jaswinder too ran his cable network business —which had ruined him financially and brought hardships to his family.

He claimed that Raju had nursed a grudge against him, as he was witness in the 2003 infamous ‘Siti Cable Sex Scandal’ case, which was probed by the CBI and in which Raju is one of the prime accused.

Like Raju a number of other cable operators of the city were also witnesses in this case. However, almost all of them, including Jaswinder, had turned hostile during hearing and had disposed off in favour of Raju in a CBI court at Patiala, which was hearing this case.

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