The Punjab director general of police (DGP) on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of four police officials for grave negligence in duty leading to the murder of a Canada-based Punjabi NRI.
The police officials include an inspector in the crime branch and two former station house officers (SHOs) of Moga.
Eight days ago, Harinder Singh Sran, 46, was gunned down over a land dispute at Kaliye Wala village, 20 km from here.
The cops face dismissal as they had not taken seriously the threat perception to the NRI in a land dispute at the village. Days before his murder, Sran had repeatedly approached the police officials, fearing threat to life, the police officials allegedly paid no heed to his requests.
One of the dismissed policemen, inspector Bhola Singh, was named as an accused in the murder of the NRI on April 14. It is alleged that the inspector was hand-in-glove with some relatives of the NRI in the village to usurp 27 acres of land.
NRI minister Tota Singh met chief minister Parkash Singh Badal along with Sran’s family in Chandigarh on Tuesday to seek strict action against the culprits. The chief minister told the DGP to take action immediately.
SHO Jaswinder Singh of Sadar police station confirmed that sub-inspector Guljinder Pal Singh, inspector Kuljinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector Bhag Mall and inspector Bhola Singh of the crime branch have been dismissed from service.
A case had been registered against Kulveer Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Baljinder Kaur, all residents of Kaliye Wala, inspector Bhola Singh, Rajinder Singh and Chet Singh, residents of Behrampur in Rupnagar district, and five unidentified people on behalf of the statement of the deceased’s Canada-based NRI brother Devinder Singh under Sections 302, 148, 149 and 120-B of the IPC and 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act at Moga sadar police station.
According to the FIR, Baljinder Kaur of Kaliye Wala village in Moga was in dispute with her two Canada-based sisters-in-law (husband’s sisters) over 27 acres of land. Both NRI sisters had got the land as their share in the ancestral parental property. Baljinder Kaur allegedly prepared a fake will to get the land transferred in her name, claiming that it was bequeathed to her by her father-in-law. The Canada-based sisters filed a complaint against her, alleging that the will was fabricated.
SHO Jaswinder Singh said, “Rajinder Singh of Behrampur has been arrested while Baljinder Kaur surrendered at a Mohali court on Wednesday. We brought her from court on a transit remand and will produce her at a local court on Thursday to seek police remand for further investigation.”