In jail for the past four years on murder charges, former agriculture development officer (ADO) Tejbir Singh was allegedly found taking liquor at his brother's house here on Wednesday evening.
There was reportedly no jail guard with Tejbir when the city police nabbed him. Till the filing of this report, no jail guard had contacted the city police.
Tejbir, meanwhile, called his arrest by the police as "politically motivated", saying he was out of the jail for a medical check-up, and that the police were framing him. He also denied that he was drunk.
Giving details, Civil Lines SHO Sukhwinder Singh Randhawa said, "Tejbir has been an undertrial lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail for the past four years on murder charges. On Wednesday, we received the information that Tejbir was out of the jail and was having drinks at his brother's house near Rialto Chowk. A police party reached the place and nabbed Tejbir. There was no jail guard with him."
Randhawa said, "Tejbir was out of the jail for a medical check-up, but was found somewhere else in the city. We are trying to contact the jail authorities; the role of the jail guards deployed with him will also be looked into." He said action would follow against those found guilty.
However, Tejbir Singh denied the allegations saying, "I had come from the jail for a medical check-up as I have stones problem. But the police nabbed me on false charges and I am being framed. This is politically motivated."
When asked about the police's claim that he was found taking liquor, Tejbir said, "Everything will be clear in the medical examination."
Tejbir had been booked under Section 302 for allegedly murdering one Balwinder Singh at Bagga Chinna village in Rajasansi four years ago.