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DSP suicide: Injured constable dies in hospital

DSP Sandhu had shot himself in the temple, but the bullet also hit an eye of Lal Singh after piercing through Sandhu’s head.

punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2018 11:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Faridkot
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Lal Singh, an ex-army man and a resident of Kot Sukhian village in Faridkot district, joined the Punjab Police in 2011.(Babushahi)

Police constable Lal Singh, 47, who was injured by a bullet fired by DSP Baljinder Singh Sandhu, who had shot himself dead at Jaitu on Monday, died at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here on Tuesday.

DSP Sandhu had shot himself in the temple, but the bullet also hit an eye of Lal Singh after piercing through Sandhu’s head.

Lal Singh, an ex-army man and a resident of Kot Sukhian village in Faridkot district, joined the Punjab Police in 2011. He is survived by his wife and a five-year-old daughter.

Recently, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nanak Singh had recommended Lal Singh’s promotion as he was part of a team which busted a gang of robbers in Jaitu.

PROBE ORDERED

Meanwhile, the SSP has deputed an IPS officer to probe the Jaitu incident wherein Sandhu committed suicide during a protest by college students.

Assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Deepak Pareek will probe the circumstances which led the DSP to take the extreme step and the role of station house officer (SHO) Gurmeet Singh who was accused of ‘moral policing’ by the protesting students.

The students were protesting against the SHO for allegedly detaining and thrashing three college students, including a girl, on January 12.

A complaint in this regard was also given to the Faridkot SSP, who had directed DSP Sandhu to resolve the issue. But SHO Gurmeet gave a miss to the scheduled meeting called by the DSP.

When contacted, SHO Gurmeet said they acted against the students on the complaint of local residents that they did not attend the classes and roamed in the city.

However, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) leader Buta Singh alleged that SHO Gurmeet is solely responsible for the entire episode as the DSP tried his best to resolve the issue but the SHO did not cooperate.

On Tuesday, the police handed over the body of DSP Sandhu to his family, after postmortem. His cremation will take place on Wednesday at Patiala as his son is expected to arrive from Canada on late Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the University College, Jaitu declared a non-teaching holiday on Tuesday.

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 09:43 IST