On his way out, DGP faces con­tro­versy

A vil­lager ac­cuses him of shield­ing po­lice of­fi­cials who al­legedly sided with mis­cre­ants try­ing to grab his prop­erty; mat­ter re­ported to gov­er­nor, CM

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - An­shu Seth an­shu.seth@hin­dus­tan­times.com DGP PS Gill

LUDHIANA: With just two days left for his re­tire­ment, an­other con­tro­versy in­volv­ing Pun­jab DGP PS Gill has sur­faced.

A res­i­dent of Jhande vil­lage in Ludhiana district has ac­cused the top cop of shield­ing po­lice of­fi­cials “guilty of sid­ing with mis­cre­ants try­ing to grab his prop­erty”.

Jatin­der Singh, res­i­dent of Jhande vil­lage, had writ­ten a let­ter to the Pun­jab gov­er­nor and the chief min­is­ter in Jan­uary, de­mand­ing ac­tion against the DGP, former po­lice com­mis­sioner of Ludhiana Ish­war Singh, former ADCP–I Harsh Bansal, former ACP (Gill) Narinder Pal Singh.

In his let­ter to the CM, Singh men­tioned that he had ap­proached the DGP and sought reg­is­tra­tion of FIR against Ish­war Singh, Harsh Bansal and Narinder Pal Singh. How­ever, in­stead of act­ing on his com­plaint, the DGP re­verted it to Ish­war Singh, ask­ing for his com­ments, the let­ter stated.

The CM of­fice for­warded the let­ter to the depart­ment of home af­fairs and jus­tice in Fe­bru­ary, which in turn asked the DGP to send his com­ment but to no avail.

In March, an­other let­ter was for­warded to the DGP, but this too failed to ex­tract a re­sponse from him.

On Au­gust 29, the home depart­ment sent an­other re­minder to the DGP on the is­sue.

The is­sue dates back to De­cem­ber 2010, when Jatin­der Singh’s fa­ther Am­rik Singh died. Am­rik had dis­owned his younger son Man­jin­der Singh and trans­ferred his prop­erty in Jatin­der’s name. “The land mafia were eye­ing the land, ow­ing to its prime lo­ca­tion. They in­sti­gated my brother Man­jin­der Singh, who along with his three as­so­ci­ates, started till­ing the land on Jan­uary 17, 2011. I reg­is­tered a com­plaint at Sadar po­lice sta­tion and then ap­proached then po­lice com­mis­sioner Ish­war Singh,” said Jatin­der Singh.

The mar­ket price of the land, mea­sur­ing ap­prox­i­mately five acres, is be­tween Rs 50-60 crore.

The com­plainant pro­cured the “in­quiry re­port” from the DGP of­fice through RTI. The re­port dis­closed that the then ADCP I, Ludhiana, had con­ducted an in­quiry in the com­plaint against Ish­war Singh, who was the com­mis­sioner and a su­pe­rior of the in­quiry of­fi­cer.

Re­fer­ring to the in­quiry re­port, Jatin­der Singh added that the of­fice had closed the case as the po­lice re­port had pro­nounced it a mat­ter of land dis­pute be­tween him and his brother. “ My com­plaint was against the above of­fi­cials and their con­nivance with the land mafia, us­ing pres­sure tac­tics to usurp my land,” the com­plainant said.

The Hin­dus­tan Times is in pos­ses­sion of all rel­e­vant doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing will of Jatin­der’s fa­ther and com­plaints for­warded by Jatin­der to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerend.

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