Saturday, July 7, 2012

, TNN | Jul 7, 2012, 01.16AM IST
PATIALA: More than 48 hours after a dalit youth died with the bullet of a police party, cops are yet to arrest the accused. Instead of booking the cops under murder charges, the police authorities of Nabha Sadar police station have been allegedly trying to save accused by registering a FIR under 304 IPC.
As per the claims, Nabha sadar cops, a police party of Nabha Sadar police station had laid a naka near Grid chowk of the city on Wednesday night.
But around midnight when they signalled a car and tempo, which came together from Bhadson side, both fled towards Bhadson rear back and police party started chasing them. But when they reached near Agol village, someone from tempo fired at police party and the police also fired. But the bullet hit deceased Kuldeep singh, who was sitting in back space of tempo, and died. Both the vehicles fled after throwing the body of deceased.
Though, the Nabha police have registered a case under Sections 304 of the IPC, ASI Inderjit singh, and three constables, including Bhuma Singh,Rajinder Singh and Gurmeet Singh, but still there are many questions, which needs to be probed.
Questions include, how the drivers of two vehicles could take u turn from a single lane road that too from near
police Naka when cops are already signalling the vehicles to stop.
Second how the driver of tempo threw the body out of his vehicle after the death of Kuldeep, lying in back space of vehicle, when police vehicle was at some distance from tempo and firing at vehicle.
Most important question is that between tyre of vehicle and deceased there was gap of many feet and how the bullet hit at many feet away than it's target, set by cops ? . Since cops are accused in this case, none from SHO of Nabha Sadar police station to senior authorities seem interested in conducting proper investigations and arresting accused.
The efforts of police to hush up case, which seems to be fake encounter, could be gauged from the fact that there is no arrest so far. The family members of victim have also compromised with cops on Thursday evening only because of alleged police pressure as in the morning the father of deceased Kuldeep singh had demanded strict action against cops.
When contacted Nabha DSP Rajinder sSngh, he denied any deliberate firing by cops and said, "It all happened accidentally as cops fired on tyres of vehicle, but it hit deceased," said the DSP.

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