Even eight days after a BMW crushed a Sangrur resident to death on Airport road, the Mohali police has failed to arrest the car’s driver. Rather, the Mohali police has now come up with a classic alibi citing “ill-health” of Balongi police station staff for not being able to make any headway in the case. The reason: 11 out of a total of 20 police personnel posted at Balongi police station are down with dengue.
Confirming it, Raj Balwinder Singh Mrar, Superintendent of Police (Kharar circle), said, “It’s right that 11 personnel are unwell and thus cannot travel much. The remaining personnel are performing their duties and also look after the work at the police station. Till today evening, a number of us were busy in VVIP duty since Prime Minister had come to Ludhiana. We shall look into the case tomorrow.”
The investigating officer of the case, Assistant Sub-Inspector Dilbagh Singh, said, “Of those suffering from dengue, three are Head Constables and the remaining are constables. We have found out that the owner of the car is a resident of Kapurthala but have not been able to send any staff there because most of them are unwell and down with dengue.”
The ASI added, “Doctors have advised all of them bedrest. Once they recover from their illness, we shall be able to send somebody to Kapurthala for further investigations. We are barely managing with the staff that we have. At times, those who are not well also chip in. We cannot leave the police station as our presence is also required here in case of an emergency.”
A total of 20 police personnel are deputed at Balongi police station, including the Station House Officer (SHO), Inspector Satnam Singh.
Out of the total staff, 11 personnel have tested positive for dengue; two constables were tested positive on Tuesday.
The police personnel, according to sources, are adjusting their duties with each other so that the routine work of the police station is not affected.
In the last one week, the police had claimed that they identified the car’s driver and he was going to surrender. However, nobody came forward to surrender to date. Even the owner of the car, Sunpreet Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, was contacted by the police, but he also did not come to the police station and told them that he had given his car to one of his friends.
A Sangrur resident, Gagandeep Singh, who was going on his scooter was crushed to death on the night of October 10 while pillion rider Chamkaur Singh suffered serious injuries. The man who was driving BMW escaped from the spot, leaving behind the car that got completely damaged as it had caught fire in the accident.