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Amanjot case: Two witnesses say weren’t at scene of crime

Barely 24 hours after the UT Police had booked its own Inspector,the two “witnesses” flatly refused that they had given any statement against Inspector Amanjot Singh to the police.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 30, 2013 4:47 am

Barely 24 hours after the UT Police had booked its own Inspector,the two “witnesses” flatly refused that they had given any statement against Inspector Amanjot Singh to the police. The two witnesses,Sunil and Samar,also maintained that they had given no statement at all in this regard to the Chandigarh Police.

The two are named as witnesses by the police in a case of theft,extortion and criminal intimidation against Inspector Amanjot.

Sunil,who owns a shoe store near complainant Harish Kumar’s shop in Sector 20,told Chandigarh Newsline,“I have nothing to do with this case. Anyone’s name can be added in the FIR. It does not mean that we had actually witnessed anything.”

A peon at Sunil’s shop told Chandigarh Newsline,“I was here the entire time. I just saw police coming suddenly. There were no abuses and no one even talked at high pitch. I was also confused when the police suddenly came.”

When contacted,Inspector Harjit Kaur,who is investigating the matter,said,“I do not know anything. Nothing happened and no one was called to the police station.”

However,a senior police officer said that these two “witnesses” were “pressured” by a section of police officers to depose against Inspector Amanjot. The police made Samar and Sunil witnesses in the case alleging that the two had “witnessed” what allegedly happened on Saturday evening. However,the two “witnesses” claimed that they were not present at the alleged scene of crime.

Meanwhile,considering the amount of money involved in the case,the UT Police chief on Monday marked an inquiry into the matter to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the UT Police.

“The property dealer had allegedly borrowed a huge amount of money from Inspector Amanjot. In view of large sum of money involved,the case has been transferred to DSP (EOW) Ram Chander Meena. The inquiry will be conducted by DSP (EOW) under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General Alok Kumar,” said Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyaya.

An FIR was registered against Inspector Amanjot Singh based on the complaint of a Sector 20-based property dealer on Sunday. Harish Kumar,the complainant,alleged that the accused came to his shop in Sector 20 demanding Rs 10 lakh which the complainant had borrowed from him. When Harish expressed his inability to pay the amount,the Inspector pushed him out of the shop,closed the shutters,took the keys and left.

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