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
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.