Acquital of Jaswinder Singh Rocky in the Dimpy murder case on Wednesday has left the Chandigarh Police red-faced. This is the third case that the senior officers of UT Police had claimed to crack, but it eventually fell flat in the court. Earlier, the Chandigarh Police had proved unsuccessful in proving the highway robbery and the Tanishq heist case in lower courts.
Talking to Newsline, the officers of Chandigarh Police who handled the case blamed the investigating officers for not pursuing the case properly in the court.
The main accused of the daylight murder, Jaswinder Singh Rocky, was arrested by the then Sub-Inspector, Amanjot Singh from Sector 11 in July 2008. The Inspector had also received a commendation certificate from the UT Administrator on August 15, 2008, for arresting the accused.
Amanjot said, “I arrested the accused in an Arms Act case. That case is still pending trial in a lower court. It was during investigation of the case under the Arms Act that we came to know that the same weapon was used by Rocky to murder Dimpy. A report from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory had also confirmed the same.”
The then Inspector of Crime Branch, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Crime) Satbir Singh, said, “I was transferred from the case after the accused were identified and Rocky was arrested. After that, the case was transferred to the then DSP (Crime) K I P Singh. It is a fault on the part of the investigating officer who had added names of those persons against whom the police did not have any evidence. This made the case weak.”
However, former DSP (Crime) K I P Singh said, “I do not remember the details of the case as I was never a part of the investigation team. I was only a supervisory officer. I was never summoned by the court for any hearing. But if the senior officers want me to join the inquiry as to why the case fell flat in the court, I am willing to join it.”
The chargesheet of the case was filed in October 2008. In February 2009, the then Senior Superintendent of Police S S Srivastava had ordered a re-look into the challan submitted in the court after name of the alleged main accused Mukhtar Ansari was absolved. Also, the role of Harneev Dhillon, one of the suspects and main eyewitness in the case, was not mentioned in the challan.
The officers who had arrested the accused named Manimajra Station House Officer Charanjit Singh as one of the officers who had failed to prove the case in the court.
However, Inspector Charanjit Singh, who was then an SI in the crime branch, said: “I was only asked to verify certain facts of the case from Meerut. The then investigating officer of the case, who retired, had sent me. I was never an investigating officer in the case.”
There were several investigating officers who investigated the case at different times. Some of them have now retired from the police. With the case changing hands, no one could pinpoint responsibility for the lapses on one IO.
Prabhjinder Singh alias Dimpy, 42, a notorious gangster who was facing over a dozen charges of contract killing and abduction, was gunned down by two motorcycle-borne assailants on July 7, 2006. He was shot dead near the Lake Club while he was in his car with Dhillon, who was also injured.