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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Another SIT formed; 1 held

Another SIT formed; 1 held

Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, November 26

Under pressure after the SAD leadership launched an all-out attack against the police for being “callous and inept” in arresting the accused involved in the murder of former Akali sarpanch Dalbir Singh Dhilwan, DGP Dinkar Gupta today constituted a two-member SIT to crack the crime.

The SIT comprises Batala SSP Opinderjit Singh Ghuman and Amritsar AIG Sukhminder Singh Mann. It will work under the supervision of IG (Border Range) Surinder Pal Singh Parmar.

“The IG will be at liberty to co-opt any other expert, forensic investigator or any other police officer posted in border range to ensure a thorough and expeditious probe. He shall ensure that all culprits are identified and arrested at the earliest,” read the DGP’s orders.

The IG has been asked by the DGP to keep him informed on a daily basis.

The Batala police had formed a five-member SIT two days ago to go into the sequence of events leading to the crime. A senior officer said the previous SIT now stood dissolved.

“Two SITs cannot work simultaneously,” he said.

Nevertheless, the earlier SIT nabbed accused Amritpal Singh of Dalam village from Maharashtra. The raid was conducted by SP (Headquarters) Jasbir Singh along with some middle-rung officials.

SSP Ghuman said, “The accused was on his way to Hazur Sahib in Nanded. The SP arrested him from Purna railway junction in Parbhani district. The remaining accused, Balwinder Singh and his sons Major Singh and Mandeep Singh, will also be arrested soon.”

Dalbir Singh and his neighbour, Balwinder Singh, had earlier entered into a verbal spat over a petty issue last week. A compromise was reached between them with the help of villagers.

But when Dalbir Singh was taking a walk on the outskirts of the village the same evening, Balwinder Singh and his two sons, Major Singh (25) and Mandeep Singh (24), allegedly waylaid him.

One of them pumped six bullets into Dalbir Singh. Then Balwinder Singh reportedly chopped off the victim's legs with a sharp-edged weapon. Dalbir Singh was taken to hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

An FIR was registered under Section 302 IPC and various sections of the Arms Act against Balwinder, his sons and four unidentified persons.

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