The police produced all three cops and husband of a sarpanch, accused of murdering two brothers in Jamalpur, before the court of duty magistrate on Sunday. The court sent all accused to three-day police custody.
The accused, constable Yadwinder Singh, reader of the Macchiwara SHO, Punjab homeguard jawans Baldev Singh and Ajit Singh, and Gurjeet Singh, husband of sarpanch of Takhran village, were produced in court at 2:30pm and the proceedings in court continued for 20 minutes. The investigation officer in the case submitted the detailed report of the incident, following which lawyers for both sides — the cops and husband of a sarpanch, Gurjeet Singh —pleaded innocence on behalf of their clients.
Counsels of Gurjeet said their client was innocent, as he was called by Macchiwara police for identifying the accused during a raid. They said it was the fundamental duty of their client to accompany the police as a responsible citizen. Therefore, he went with the police for the raid, and after the shootout, the police laid the blame for the incident on him.
On the other hand, demanding police remand of the accused, counsel of the state said the police were yet to recover the .32 bore pistol from which the bullets were fired at the victims.
Interestingly, few hours after the incident on Saturday, senior police officials had stated that Gurjeet Singh had fired gunshots at two brothers, but in the court, Gurjeet’s lawyer and public prosecutor levelled cross allegations.
After hearing arguments from both sides, the magistrate sent the accused to three-day police remand. Next hearing of the case will be held on October 1.
The Jamalpur police had booked the accused following the statement of Harpreet Kaur, owner of the house where the victims lived. Kaur, a widow, runs a beauty parlour. In the FIR, she submitted that she had rented out the house to a man named, Rajveer, and four others for Rs 12,000 per month. On Saturday, four persons, one holding a pistol and two with rifles, entered her house. They then entered into a scuffle with her tenants, and opened fired before fleeing the spot, she alleged.