DSP sui­cide: In­jured con­sta­ble dies in hospi­tal

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB -

FARIDKOT : Po­lice con­sta­ble Lal Singh, 47, who was in­jured by a bul­let fired by DSP Baljin­der Singh Sandhu, who had shot him­self dead at Jaitu on Mon­day, died at Guru Gobind Singh Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal here on Tues­day.

DSP Sandhu had shot him­self in the tem­ple, but the bul­let also hit an eye of Lal Singh af­ter pierc­ing through Sandhu’s head.

Lal Singh, an ex-army man and a res­i­dent of Kot Sukhian vil­lage in Faridkot district, joined the Pun­jab Po­lice in 2011. He is sur­vived by his wife and a five-yearold daugh­ter.

Re­cently, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Nanak Singh had rec­om­mended Lal Singh’s pro­mo­tion as he was part of a team which busted a gang of rob­bers in Jaitu.

Mean­while, the SSP has de­puted an IPS of­fi­cer to probe the Jaitu in­ci­dent wherein Sandhu com­mit­ted sui­cide dur­ing a protest by col­lege stu­dents. ASP Deepak Pa­reek will probe the cir­cum­stances which led the DSP to take the ex­treme step and the role of SHO Gurmeet Singh who was ac­cused of ‘moral polic­ing’ by the protest­ing stu­dents.

The stu­dents were protest­ing against the SHO for al­legedly de­tain­ing and thrash­ing three col­lege stu­dents, in­clud­ing a girl, on Jan­uary 12. A com­plaint was also given to the SSP, who had di­rected DSP Sandhu to re­solve the is­sue. But the SHO gave a miss to the meet­ing called by the DSP.

When con­tacted, the SHO said po­lice acted against the stu­dents on the com­plaint of res­i­dents that they did not at­tend classes and roamed in the city.

How­ever, Bhar­tiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) leader Buta Singh al­leged that the SHO is re­spon­si­ble for the en­tire episode as the DSP tried his best to re­solve the is­sue but he did not co­op­er­ate.

On Tues­day, po­lice handed over the body of the DSP to his fam­ily af­ter post­mortem. Cre­ma­tion will take place on Wed­nes­day at Pa­tiala as his son was ex­pected to ar­rive from Canada late Tues­day night. Univer­sity Col­lege, Jaitu, de­clared non-teach­ing hol­i­day on Tues­day.

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