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Police going slow on land grab case?

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2012 17:45 IST
Sachin Sharma
Sachin Sharma
Hindustan Times
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In a case of alleged land grab in Nahl village, the police administration allegedly seems to have decided to let the accused roam free, despite the fact that the offence committed is non-bailable.

Six men had allegedly occupied the property of an NRI Kulwant Singh in 2008. In December 2008, Kulwant lodged a complaint against the six of forging his father's will.

After repeated pleas, an FIR was registered only in March this year, and that too after instructions from inspector general of police Gurpreet Deo. They were then charged with offences that were non-bailable.

However, the police has not moved to arrest five of the six accused. Officials say that since the accused had made a representation to SSP rural Yurinder Singh Hayer, the arrests had been on hold, till the inquiry was completed.

SP (operations) rural, Rajinder Singh said: "The SSP has marked an inquiry to me in this regard. The arrest of accused has been put on hold till the inquiry is complete."

SSP Hayer could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

A sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) court had termed the will produced by accused as a forged one. The accused had also failed to produce the original will in subsequent appeals before the Nakdoar court and the district judge.

The complainant said that three of the accused Sukhwinder Singh, Karam Chand and Balbir Mohammed were staying in his house and should be arrested immediately. Pir Singh, another accused is settled in the UK, while his brother Kulwinder Singh, also an accused, is settled in Italy.

The sixth accused Charan Das has been arrested.

The NRI Kulwant Singh had applied for demarcation of land in 2011. However, the accused allegedly threatened the Kanago, who was to supervise the process. Even after directions from deputy commissioner Priyank Bharti to the rural police to provide security to Kanago for demarcation, the process is still pending.