Of the two prime accused still on the run in the ASI killing case,one of them,Rajinder Singh Mintu of Fatehgarh Sahib,has a broken leg. Sources said police interrogation of the two other main accused who have been caught UK-based NRI Tarwinder Singh alias Tally and Pushpinder Singh has revealed that ASI Gurdev Singh managed to hold onto Mintus leg and break it despite being shot in the back before eventually letting go after another accused (police are yet to identify whom) shot him in the chest. Police are using this as a vital clue and are now scouring hospitals in Punjab,Haryana,UP,Rajasthan,Himachal and other states to look for Rajinder Mintu.
The interrogations,sources said,have also revealed that the slain ASI,who was not carrying a weapon,fought till his last breath. The four accused were unable to free Mintu of the policemans hold forcing one of them (police yet to identify whom) to fire at his back. When even this was unsuccessful another accused shot the assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the chest. SSP (Kapurthala) Inderbir Singh confirmed that the arrested accused have mentioned Mintus injured leg but added that he was not sure if the accused had sustained a fracture.
Sources also said that it was Mintu who had been confronted by the ASI in the washroom of Haveli hotel on National Highway I. He was allegedly consuming drugs when the the assistant sub-inspector spotted him. The accused then ran before the policeman caught up with him a few metres outside the restaurant.
It is here,however,that the other prime accused came to Mintus aid,police said. They added that the assailants used 9mm carbines to fire at the ASI and claim to have recovered six carbine shells. The Punjab Police have so far arrested Tarwinder and Pushpinder Singh in the case while Parminder Singh alias Bhinda and Mintu are absconding.