A 37-year-old man, who was jailed for 19 months on charges of murder and later got bail from court when medical report stated that the victim’s was actually a natural death, jumped before a train at Bhagat Singh Colony in the city on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.
The family of the victim, Gobinder Singh, resident of Vivekananda Park, says he was under severe mental depression after he was thrown behind the bars following a sloppy police investigation. The victim’s wife, Rupinder Kaur, and son Harmanjot Singh left his family house soon after he was charged with murder by the local police.
Gobinder had got bail in July last year. He was arrested for murderinh Prince Sagar on November 9, 2013. As per the first information report (FIR) lodged at the Basti Bawa Khel police station, police received a wireless message that an unidentified person was beaten up by Gobinder Singh in a house in Green Avenue of Basti Peer Daad. A police party found an unidentified body and registered murder case against Gobinder.
The body was kept in the mortuary of a local hospital for 72 hours for identification but the police cremated it after the victim could not be identified.
The body was later found that of a painter, Prince Sagar, after its picture was published in newspapers. Prince’s mother Geeta Rani identified the body on January 31, 2014.
Geeta Rani claimed it was Gobinder who had taken her son along on the day he was murdered. The police got conducted post-mortem on the body and sent viscera to the forensic laboratory. Gobinder’s counsel approached the Punjab and Haryana high court for regular bail, claiming that the post-mortem examination reported that Prince Sagar died due to lung empyema and it was a natural death.
On July 24, 2015, the high court granted him bail.
Gobinder’s father Avtar Singh said his son also appeared in the court on Tuesday for a hearing in the case and had his lunch at home. Avtar said as he failed to come home in the night when they started searching for him he was found on the rail track near Bhagat Singh Colony.
Gobinder’s counsel Mandeep Singh Sachdev claimed had the police conducted a fair and proper probe the victim could not have taken such an extreme step. Gobinder ran a mobile repair shop at Maqsudan at the time of his arrest. His younger brother Jatinder lives in the US with his family.