The Punjab government has set up a new special investigation team (SIT), headed by additional director general of police (crime) Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, after National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) vice-president Raj Kumar Verka expressed dissatisfaction over the working of the SIT headed by Amar Singh Chahal, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Ferozepur range.
Verka expressed his views at a meeting with Punjab home secretary RK Kaushik and inspector general of police (crime) G Nageshwara Rao in Chandigarh on Thursday afternoon.
“It is sad that even after six days of the crime, no main accused has been arrested,” said Verka. “By terming the brutal attack on a Dalit a gang war, the chief minister has tried to influence the investigation and the commission is looking into it,” Verka said.
“If the police fail to investigate the matter in a week, the commission will recommend that the case be handed over to the CBI,” Verka said.
Verka has also written to the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court appealing to him to take a suo motu notice of the matter and get it probed by a sitting judge of the high court.
Bhim Sain, 27, a Dalit, was allegedly attacked with sharp-edged weapons by Harry, worker of Akali leader and liquor baron Shiv Lal Doda, and others, at the liquor baron’s farmhouse on Friday morning.
Bhim, who was injured seriously, died at a hospital in Amritsar on Friday night. His associate, Gurjant alias Janta, who was also injured in the incident, is under treatment.
Bhim’s family and villagers had blamed Doda and his nephew, Amit Doda, who manages the liquor business at Abohar, for the attack on Bhim.
The police have booked Harpreet Singh alias Harry, Raja, Wazir Singh, Radhe Sham, Gulab, Davinder, Vicky Pandit, Simran, Chhajju, Happy, Shiv Lal Doda, Amit Doda and a few unidentified people, on the statement of Ranjit Singh, brother of injured Janta.
Five accused -- Harpreet Singh, Radhe Sham, Gulab, Vicky and Vivek -- were arrested on Wednesday.
2 accused surrender
Ferozepur: Accused Simranjit Singh surrendered before the court of judicial magistrate (first class), Abohar, on Thursday afternoon. Gurmeet Singh, another accused, also surrendered before the police. Police also recovered two vehicles used in the crime. Simranjit was sent to five-day police remand.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening, Abohar City-2 SHO Abhinav Chauhan was suspended for dereliction of duty in handling a rape case that led to Bheem’s murder. On December 3, a woman had complained to police that she was raped by two men, but Chauhan did not take action. After the murder of Bheem, the police registered a case of rape against the deceased and Gurjant Singh alias Janta.
Meanwhile, an 11-member sangharsh committee formed by locals to pursue the murder case, has decided to hold a protest march up to office of the Abohar SP on Friday, followed by a candle march in the town in the evening, said Gopi Chand Sambar, head of the committee.