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…Officer now booked for attempt to murder,apologises to panchayat

He,however,was acquitted of the charges by the trial court in November,last year.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Controversial ASP-rank officer of the Haryana Police,Ashok Sheoran — under suspension since 2010 — has been booked again,this time on charges of attempt to murder and opening fire with an intention to kill people.

Sheoran was suspended after he and his team of Special Task Force (STF) officers were arrested for allegedly extorting money from a Panipat-based jeweller and a chartered accountant.

He,however,was acquitted of the charges by the trial court in November,last year. Last Monday,the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed Haryana’s appeal challenging his acquittal.

He was recently booked again for an incident took place on April 27.

Sheoran,accompanied by around five armed people,reached Kheri Bura village in Bhiwani district and opened fire at the villagers in order to threaten them with dire consequences.

A criminal case was registered against Sheoran at Charkhi Dadri Sadar police station on the complaint of Ramesh Singh,a resident of the village.

Sheoran is a follower of one mahant Sureshanand,who runs an ashram in Bhiwani. He had gone to meet the mahant,who allegedly complained to him about some village youths. Following this,Sheoran reached the village and started firing in the air. He also aimed a few shots at the people who had gathered after hearing the gunshots. No one was injured in the act.

According to sources,after being booked,Sheoran had gone to the village panchayat and apologised for his act.

When asked,Bhiwani SP Simardeep Singh said,“We are investigating the matter. A DSP-rank officer has been deputed to conduct investigations. Statements of people who witnessed the incident are being recorded. If we find ample evidence and substance in the allegations,we will proceed in the matter. Sheoran will also be questioned and if the probe demands,he will be arrested. So far,no arrest has taken place in the case.”

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