The district police produced alleged gangsters and survivors of the June 25 shootout Gurcharan Singh alias Rinku of Channuwala village and Khushwinder Singh alias Sukhpal of Sangatpura village at a local court here on Monday, that remanded them to police custody for two days. Both have been arrested in connection with a case of attacking the policemen who had gone to Moga for nabbing them on June 25.
The police had sought remand for seven days on the ground that they were yet to arrest the others wanted in the case. The court, however, remanded the duo to police custody for two days only. According to the police, some other unidentified aides of Rinku and Sukhpal are still at large.
Both Rinku and Sukhpal were reportedly injured in the firing between 'gangster' Sukhdev Singh 'Car Bazaar Wala", his aide Inderpreet Singh Gora and Chandigarh crime branch team on June 25, near Verka Milk shop on the Moga-Kotkapura state highway.
The duo had been admitted to the Dr Mathura Dass civil hospital here by the team of the Chandigarh crime branch on the day of the encounter.
The Moga police had registered a case against them and other four unidentified people under sections 307, 148, 149, 186 of IPC and 25, 27, 54, 59 of the Arms Act at the city south police station on the complaint of Chandigarh crime branch’s in-charge inspector Ranjodh Singh. Jatinderjit Singh, station house officer (SHO) of city south police station, said, "A special police team under the supervision of SP (D) Harjit Singh Pannu is investigating the entire matter."
Sc/St Commission For Unearthing Facts
Meanwhile, the Punjab SC/ST Commission has asked the police and the civil administration to find out the real facts behind the shootout.
Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the commission, visited Moga and heard grievances of the families concerned.
It may be mentioned here that Inderpreet Singh alias Gora of Singhanwala village, who was killed in the encounter as well as Rinku belong to the scheduled caste category.
After meeting the families, Bagha said, "Chhinder Singh, father of deceased Inderpreet Singh Gora, said names of his son and Sukhdev were not mentioned in the FIR registered at Chandigarh.
They told me that they have no trust in the police probe as the and police were working under pressure."
Bagha said, "A special investigation team under the supervision of the IG level officer has started an inquiry into the incident. On the other hand, a judicial probe is also underway. Both reports will come by July 20.”
He said further action will be taken after inquiry reports are received."
"I will also ask the Punjab government to provide security to both families as demanded by them," he added.
Chhinder Singh also raised his demand for a CBI inquiry into the encounter.
Bagha also met senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gursharan Singh Sandhu and DC Parminder Singh Gill separately to discuss the matter.