Three days after the alleged encounter in Moga by the officials of the UT Police Crime Branch, condition of injured Sub-Inspector Rajdeep deteriorated a little on Saturday following which the officers from the crime branch rushed to Ludhiana.
Inspector Ranjodh Singh, in-charge of crime branch, said that his condition had stabilised by the evening and the doctors said that he would have to undergo a surgery to remove the bullet from his body. One of the police officials also said that one of S-I’s legs had been numb since the incident.
Meanwhile, a senior officer of the Chandigarh Police said that the magisterial inquiry might have a negative outcome for the UT cops.
“The fact that two UT cops have been injured will only prove the fact that the encounter was not planned or fake,” said the officer.
He added, “If they were prepared for the encounter, they would have been wearing bullet-proof jackets. No one will put a bullet through his abdomen.”
The complaint given by Inspector Ranjodh Singh was a very brief account of what had happened. It did not have any details. Also, post-mortem reports show that deceased Sukhdev had 15 bullet injuries and the second deceased, Inderjeet, had nine injuries.
The officer added, “Most of the bullets had passed through the bodies of the deceased, even the ones shot in their skulls. This clearly shows that the two deceased were shot at point-blank range.”
Another factor is that none of the UT cops were wearing uniforms at the time of the shootout. “Human rights commission will definitely raise this issue at the time of inquiry. Also, the excessive use of force which was not necessary will also be taken a serious note of by the magistrate who is inquiring into the matter,” said the source.