Murder of sarpanch: Discharge application of two accused dismissed
Maloya station house officer, inspector Ram Rattan, filed an application seeking permission to discharge Tirath and Arshdeep on July 12.punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2017 16:34 IST
A local court dismissed the discharge application filed against two accused of the murder of a sarpanch, Satnam Singh, in April. The court of judicial magistrate first class Imanbir Singh Dhaliwal denied permission to discharge Hoshiarpur residents, Tirath Singh and Arshdeep, stating that it was not this court’s territorial jurisdiction to deal with murder.
Maloya station house officer, inspector Ram Rattan, filed an application seeking permission to discharge Tirath and Arshdeep on July 12. Rattan stated that Tirath and Arshdeep were arrested on April 9, following which another accused, Chanpreet Singh alias Channa, was also arrested on May 1.
On May 19, Tirath’s wife Narinderjit Kaur lodged a complaint with the inspector general of police that her husband was falsely implicated in the murder. The application stated that while investigating Narinderjit’s complaint, it was found that Tirath and Satnam’s families nursed an old enmity.
The application stated, “The call logs of and tower location of Tirath and Arshdeep’s mobile numbers were analysed. It was found that both were in their respective villages the day Satnam was murdered in Sector 38 (West),” adding, “a video CD was also produced by Narinderjit, showing Tirath at different places in Hoshiarpur on the day of the murder”.
It was also mentioned that a video of the crime scene was uploaded on social media in which the assailants were identified as Bobby, Harvinder Singh alias Rinda, Dilpreet Singh and Harjinder Singh alias Akaash. The SHO stated in his report, “No direct evidence pinpoints that Tirath and Arshdeep were involved in Satnam’s murder or in planning it.”
Rattan earlier said they took Tirath and Arshdeep along when they were raiding different places to arrest the remaining accused. Satnam, the 38-year-old sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, was shot dead in full public view by four assailants outside a gurdwara in Sector 38 (West), Chandigarh, on April 9. According to police, out of the seven bullets fired, three hit the victim.
The sarpanch was rushed to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where he succumbed to his injuries. Satnam, his family and followers, were visiting Chandigarh to pay their respects ar the gurdwara. Four of the main culprits were captured on CCTV cameras, but have not been arrested yet.
Police registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other relevant sections of the Arms Act against Tirath, Bobby and Arshdeep, after Satnam’s family named them as suspects. Another unidentified person, the driver of the i20 car, was also booked.