The Punjab director general of police (DGP) on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of four police officials for showing negligence in duty, leading to the murder of a Canada based Punjabi NRI on April 14.
The cops include an inspector of the crime branch and two former station house officers (SHOs) of Moga.
SHO Jaswinder Singh of Moga 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 had been dismissed from service.
Eight days ago, Harinder Singh Sran, 46, was gunned down over a land dispute at Kaliye Wala village, 20 km from here.
The cops had allegedly not taken seriously the threat perception to the NRI in a land dispute at the village.
Inspector Bhola Singh was named as an accused in the murder. He was allegedly handin-glove with the relatives of the NRI in the village in trying 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 seeking strict action against the culprits. The chief minister told the DGP to take action immediately.
A case has been registered against Kulveer Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Baljinder Kaur, all residents of Kaliye Wala village, 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 the Moga Sadar police station.
As per the FIR, Baljinder Kaur of the village was in a dispute with her two Canada-based sisters-inlaw (husband’s sisters) over 27 acres of land. Both NRI sisters had got the land as their share in the ancestral property. Baljinder 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 surrendered at a Mohali court on Wednesday. We brought her from court on a transit remand.”