The Faridkot police have finally registered a case under Sections 420 (cheating) of the IPC against a resident of Deep Singh Wala village on the complaint of co-villager and farmer Jarnail Singh (70) in an alleged land grab case.
Accused Sukhmander Singh, son of Tehal Singh, was finally booked after about three-month struggle by some farm and students unions to get justice for the farmer who had alleged that the accused had cheated him on the pretext of executing a barter ('tabadla') of 1 acre of agriculture land but instead of striking a barter, the accused had got 1 acre land registered in his wife's name.
According to the complainant, the accused had taken him to Sadak on October 3, 2013, to complete formalities regarding the barter of 1 acre of land, but he rather took Jarnail Singh's thumb impressions on the documents and got his land registered in name of Sukhpreet Kaur, who is the wife of the accused, by keeping him in dark.
The farmer had claimed that he was illiterate, hard of hearing and his eyesight was very week and he had no family. He had alleged that Sukhmander Singh had approached him with four other persons and he had only agreed for the exchange on his 1-acre land with the accused as they had allegedly promised him to pay another sum of `12 lakh for the deal.
But later on finding that he had been allegedly cheated, the victim also complained against seven persons to the Faridkot deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police. The Naujavan Bharat Sabha, Kirti Kisan Union and Punjab Students Unions had also staged two protests at Faridkot to get justice for the farmer.
Superintendent of police (detective) Dilbag Singh Pannu has been investigating the case.
However, the union activists alleged that some of the persons involved in the case had been spared.
"The police have registered a case at the Sadak police station against Sukhmander Singh after a thorough investigation. The probe is still on and anybody found guilty will not be spared," said Dilbag Singh Pannu, SP (D), Faridkot, investigating officer in the case.