Sarpanch murder case: ‘Satnam was killed because he refused to step down as witness’
Bobby, 27, is a resident of Rana village in Garhdiwala. He is in a five-day police remand for his involvement in the murder of sarpanch Satnam Singh.punjab Updated: Feb 15, 2018 16:00 IST
Sarpanch of Khurdan village Satnam Singh was killed after he refused to step down as witness in his brother’s murder case, Manjit Singh alias Bobby told police during his interrogation.
Bobby, 27, is a resident of Rana village in Garhdiwala. He is in a five-day police remand for his involvement in the murder of sarpanch Satnam Singh.
Bobby was driving the car — white Hyundai i20 — in which the shooters had come to the gurdwara. Bobby surrendered before the Punjab police in January and was brought to the city on production warrants.
Satnam Singh was a witness in the murder case of his brother — Nishan Singh alias Shana — who was shot dead by his rivals in Garhdiwala town in July 2013. Bobby is also accused in the murder case of Nishan Singh, while Satnam is the complainant and as well as eyewitness in the case. Satnam was with his brother Nishan in a car when he was killed in July 2013.
As per the sources, Bobby had hired men to shoot Satnam and drove them to gurdwara for helping them in identifying sarpanch. According to the sources, sarpanch was scheduled to testify before the court on April 11, two days after he was killed.
Driver made the last call to Satnam
Police investigations have revealed that Satnam Singh, who was attending a religious congregation in the Sector 38 gurdwara, was called by his driver Nirmal Singh before his killing. Satnam was shot dead when he had stepped out of the gurdwara. Nirmal, who hails from the village of the accused, was hired three months prior to the murder. However, Nirmal is also the complainant in the case.
Shooters still at large
The three shooters — Dilpreet Singh Baba, Harjinder Singh alias Akash and Harvinder Singh alias Rinda — who are dreaded criminals wanted by Punjab police, are still at large.
All the accused had fled to Barwala after the incident and Bobby escaped to Kolkata from there.
In broad daylight
Satnam Singh, sarpanch of Khurd village in Hoshiarpur district, was shot dead in broad day light by three assailants outside a gurdwara in Sector 38 (West), Chandigarh, on April 9, 2017. Sarpanch was rushed to Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where he later succumbed to injuries. Satnam, along with his family and devotees, had come to Chandigarh to pay obeisance at the gurdwara.
Later, a video that made by a woman on her mobile phone was received by the police and it was established that the three assailants who shot the victim were Dilpreet, Harjinder and Rinda. They are still at large. Police had arrested two persons Tirath Singh and Arshdeep Singh in the case, who have now moved application seekingdischarge from all the charges.