Over 2,600 proclaimed offenders from Ludhiana on run
The list of POs includes an accused in a 35-year-old case.punjab Updated: Sep 26, 2017 16:15 IST
It will be close to three years that a dismissed cop, inspector Manjinder Singh of Machhiwara police station, and his driver, constable Sukhbir Singh, were declared proclaimed offenders (POs) in September 27, 2014 for killing two brothers. The two cops are still far away from the reach of Ludhiana Police.
The accused were booked on September 27, 2014 for killing two brothers at their rented accommodation in Jamalpur’s Ahluwalia Colony. They had allegedly made a forged entry in the police records to fake the killings as an encounter.
The oldest of these cases dates back to 1980.
This is the not the only case, where police have been unable to catch the accused. In a similar case, the police had booked 13 persons for killing a resident of Jawaddi Khurd on July 22, 2013. But of these, only six were arrested. Sumit was allegedly murdered by Vikas Talwar, a resident of Dugri, and his 12 accomplices due to old enmity of November 2011. After the murder, Sumit was thrown into a river near Doraha. Later, the police arrested four of the accused but the others— Amit Talwar, Amanpreet Singh and Gurjinder Singh— are still on the run.
As per the data received from police commissionerate, the number of proclaimed offenders in the city till August 31 is 2,600. Of these the oldest case dates back to 1980.
The maximum number of POs are in West Zone (around 500) followed by 475 in Central Zone, 329 in East Zone, 322 in Gill Zone, 313 in North Zone, 242 in Sahnewal Zone, 228 in South Zone, 204 POs in Atam Nagar Zone and 19 POs in Women Cell.
The police have, however, been able to bring down the pendency in the last eight months. The total pending POs at the start of the year was around 2,700. In the last eight months, around 140 POs were added to the list, while 97 POs were cancelled (in case of death of the proclaimed offender) and around 120 have been arrested.
The list of POs include all the accused who were booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and have not been arrested or have jumped the bail.
Abject police failure: Accused on the run since over 30 years
The list of POs includes an accused in a 35-year-old case. Jatinder Singh of Jodhewal, Ludhiana, was booked under Section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on November 11,1986 and was declared a PO in December 1987. Vishram of Uttar Pradesh was booked in a case of attempt to commit culpable homicide under Section 308 of IPC in November 1981 and was declared a PO in April 1983. Sukhwinder Singh of Gurdev Nagar was booked under 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of IPC in March 1986 and was declared PO in August 1987.
Police commissioner RN Dhoke said that he has already ordered the entire staff to work strictly to trace the pending POs and the staff is working effectively.