Ravi Dhaliwal, Tribune News Service
Batala, October 9. The mother of Canada-based NRI Gurinder Singh, who was gunned down in broad daylight just 50 yards away from the SSP’s residence here recently, has threatened to commit self-immolation if the police failed to arrest accused Deep Raj Singh and Yadvinder Singh Bhullar within 10 days.
While the police has already arrested four of the accused, two were still at large.
Gurinder’s mother Parkash Kaur alleged that the police was trying to hush up the case as the two accused were being shielded by ruling party leaders. “Both Deep Raj and Yadvinder are openly roaming on the streets of Batala and the cops are conveniently looking the other way,” she said.
Parkash Kaur said she would be meeting Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil in Chandigarh in the next few days to impress upon him the need for a CBI inquiry in the case.
Also, she alleged that conspiracy in the case could be gauged from the fact that SSP Gurkirpal Singh had earlier deliberately appointed inspector Naurang Singh, a “close friend” of Deep Raj, as the investigating officer. “When Naurang Singh was booked in a case under the Arms Act in 2005, Deep Raj stood surety for him and also filed bail bonds…this is on record. How could the police ignore such a vital fact?” asked Parkash Kaur. She also showed copies of the bail bonds to prove her claim.
Naurang Singh, however, was replaced in the case by DSP (City) Sakattar Singh later after the deceased’s family objected.
Meanwhile, Sakattar Singh said that the police had procured warrants from a local court, which in due course of time will declare the two accused as proclaimed offenders. Former Minister and Gurdaspur District Congress Committee chief Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said he had written to the Union Home Ministry seeking a CBI inquiry into the case.