Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 10
The Amritsar rural police have booked a Congress leader, Varinder Singh alias Vicky Bhinder, and his accomplice Mahinder Singh, a former sarpanch of Bhinder village, for allegedly thrashing two SAD workers inside the Khalchian police station on May 30.
The case was registered following investigations carried out by the Superintendent of Police (investigations) under the supervision of the SSP, Amritsar, J Elanchezian.
Following the probe, senior police officials suspended the then SHO of the Khalchian police station, Dilbagh Singh. He faced the action for dereliction of duty. According to the police, he should have stopped Vicky and Mahinder and taken appropriate action against them.
Both were charged with obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty, voluntarily causing hurt, issuing threats in addition to the charges under sections of the Information Technology Act.
Those who were thrashed inside the police station were identified as Kanwalpreet Singh of Maddipur and his two accomplices, Major Singh and Jagdish Singh. They are employees of Baba Budha Bus Service, owned by senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader Nirmal Singh Kahlon. They were booked by the city police following a clash between employees of the bus service and Pyar bus service inside the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra interstate bus terminus on May 4.
Jagatpreet Singh, SP, Investigations, said the complainant in the case, Jagir Singh, who resides in a village falling under the Khalchina police station has urged the senior police authorities to shift his case from the Division A police station to the Khalchian police station. Therefore, the Khalchian police arrested the three suspects on May 27 and brought them on police remand for further interrogation.
Investigations revealed that on May 30 at around 10.30 pm Bhinder and Mahinder reached the police station and beat up Kanwalpreet. They abused and slapped him besides clicking his photographs on a mobile phone. The SP (investigations) said the suspect would be arrested soon.
A Dalit Sikh, Darshan Singh, has also accused Bhinder and his accomplices of harassing him inside the police station on the same night.
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