A former Akali sarpanch’s son has been arrested in the hit-and-run case in which PCR (police control room) cop Lakhwinder Singh was injured on Tuesday night.
A sports utility vehicle (SUV) had run head constable Lakhwinder over when he signalled its occupants to stop in Model Town here. He has suffered injuries on the heads and shoulders, besides fracture in both legs.
The youth, arrested from Dharamkot in Moga district, has been identified as Gursamit Singh, (22), son of ex-sarpanch Jaswinder Pal Singh of Talwandi Jalle Khan village in Ferozepur district.
Gursamit, who did BA from DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, told cops that he was living at his aunt’s house in the local Golden Avenue locality. He further revealed that his father owned around 1,000 acres of land in their village.
After the arrest, the police recovered the vehicle, a white Scorpio (PB05-AA-1500), on Friday.
Two youth boys belonging to family of Akali sarpanch were sitting along with two nursing girls in sports utility vehicle (SUV) which ran over a policeman who signalled them to stop at Model Town on Tuesday night.
After getting failed to get lead for two days after incident, the cops again visited Chaman Juice Bar on Thursday late evening and got a lead that both girls use to visit in the market.
Then, cops found a girl who gave contact number of one of nursing girl who was sitting in SUV on that day.
The cops reached at house of girls and collected details of youth boys who allegedly took decision of running SUV on PCR cop.
Meanwhile, police worked out a plan and called one of boy Gursamit Singh, (22) son of former Akali sarpanch Jaswinder Pal Singh of Talwandi Jalle Khan village in Ferozepur district through help of one of nursing student at Dharamkot in Moga district.
Further, a police team led by Lakhwinder Singh reached Dharamkot and arrested Gursamit Singh from the spot who came on another car.
Gursamit also told that he along with his cousin Simarpreet Singh (22) who studies in BTech semester-2 at local DAV University, whose father Gurinder Singh, Akali sarpanch of Talwandi Jallekhan village at presently, had come into contact of both girls three days ago before day of incident.
On Tuesday night, they exchanged their numbers with girls, who were practicing nursing at famous private hospital and a party was being planned and they gathered at juice bar.
He stated that after a small brawl at Juice bar, SUV was being driven by Simarpreet Singh hit PCR cop Lakhwinder Singh.
City police said that PCR cops might have misidentified about number of persons sitting in SUV as earlier, four boys and two girls were reported in FIR.
ACP Model Town BIS Kahlon said that police have been verifying the roles of both girls in this incident and teams are raiding to absconding Simarpreet and he will be nabbed soon.
Later, a local court sent Gursamit Singh in four-day police custody.
According to eyewitnesses, the youth were having juice at Model Town at around 10.30 pm on Tuesday night when they demanded a water bottle from a worker which, he said, was not available. The youth allegedly slapped the worker, who called up owner Gopal Krishan, who was also allegedly assaulted.
In his complaint to the police, Krishan alleged that the youth also threatened to shoot him, following which he called up the PCR. Within minutes, the PCR bike with head constables Lakhwinder and Gurpreet reached the spot, but the youth ran over Lakhwinder before fleeing the place.
Head constable Lakhwinder was still undergoing treatment at private hospital.