A local court here on Friday acquitted all five accused in the 2009 murder of Rulda Singh, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader, as the police case fell flat due to lack of evidence.
Rulda (60), president of the RSS-affiliated Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, was shot at his shop-cum-flat at the grain market here on July 28, 2009, by two assailants, who later fled in a car. He had been admitted to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries on August 15, 2009.
Additional sessions judge Nirbhau Singh Gill acquitted Darshan Singh, Jagmohan Singh, Gurjant Singh, Daljit Singh and Amarjit Singh, who had been arrested by the Punjab police and accused of murdering Rulda.
In the challan, the police had claimed that terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara, who had fled from Chandigarh's Burail jail in 2004, had given arms training to the accused in England and Pakistan for the murder of Rulda, the motive being his allegiance to a Hindu body (RSS).
The police claimed that though the trained assailants managed to flee to England after the crime, the accused helped them in India to execute the operation to kill Rulda. The police claimed that it is still searching for the main accused.
The Police in this case in 2014 Mandeep Singh Goldi and in January 2015 police had arrested terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara. Their case is still pending with court.
The detailed judgment is awaited. Advocate Barjinder Singh Sodhi who appeared for alleged accused, said that it was a blind murder case, which police fails to solve. In bid to save their skin and avoid public criticism for a murder of famous person, the police framed innocent persons in case. Because of difference of version of police officials, lack of evidences and other material, the police case fallen flat in court.