BATALA – The high-profile murder case of Canada-based NRI Gurinder Singh Gill has taken a new turn with SSP Gurkirpal Singh revoking the suspension orders of Batala (City) SHO Parladh Singh.
Notably, the SHO was placed under suspension a day after Gurinder Singh was gunned down in broad daylight by a local councillor, Rajbir Singh Bhullar, in front of the local courts, barely 50 metres away from the SSP’s residence on September 9.
The police had registered an FIR against six persons, including Bhullar. Two of the accused, including Rajbir’s brother Yadvinder Singh, were still at large.
The SSP said an inquiry had been initiated into the SHO’s role by SP (headquarters) Narinder Singh Bedi and his conduct was found to be “unimpeachable in all respects”. However, this claim is being contested by senior Congress leaders, including former Minister and Gurdaspur District Congress Committee president Sukhjinder Randhawa, who has alleged that the police in general and the SHO in particular were sheltering Yadvinder.
“Ten days have elapsed after the brutal murder and the police are still groping in the dark. The role of the SHO has come under scanner and I will be petitioning DGP PS Gill to conduct a fresh inquiry into his conduct,” said Randhawa.
On why the police had failed to arrest the remaining two accused, the SSP said the cops were busy in the SGPC elections over the past few days. DSP (City) Sakattar Singh echoed the same views.
Meanwhile, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Ashwani Sekhri has demanded a CBI inquiry into the murder.