Inspector Sucha Singh resisted valiantly in bid to prevent Basant Kumar from escaping even as the dismissed UT Police constable kept stabbing the traffic inspector,police investigations have revealed.
UT Police said that the late inspector was on patrolling duty in the wee hours on June 8 along with his driver Jitender,when he quizzed Basant,who was standing outside the Sector 17 bus stand with his girlfriend Sarita,on a hunch that Basant was an employee of the Chandigarh Police.
Dismissed UT constable Basant,who was already on the run after murdering the husband and mother-in-law of his paramour (Sarita),panicked and allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened the inspector with dire consequences. Humein jaane do nahin to uda denge ( let us go else we will eliminate you), is what Basant allegedly told Sucha Singh,police said. When driver Jitender tried to intervene,Basant attacked him and bruised his left arm with the knife. Sucha Singh tried his best to overpower Basant who kept stabbing the inspector till he fell down, a senior police officer said.
Basant then tried to climb the railing of the old District Court complex in Sector 17 to scare constable Anil Kumar who was standing on guard inside the building threatening to stab him as well. While the constable ran inside the building to seek help,Basant Singh and Sarita had escaped in the police interceptor.
Was at Ambala railway station
Had the Chandigarh Police acted promptly and sent a team to Ambala railway station the morning Basant escaped after stabbing Sucha Singh to death,it may have arrested the suspended constable. Investigations have revealed that the assailant and his girlfriend had spent nearly an hour-and-a-half at the Ambala railway station. It was from Ambala that Basant rung up his friend Ombir,a constable with the Delhi Police. Preliminary investigations have also revealed that Basant sought guidance from Ombir,who asked the couple to come to Delhi. A mutual understanding was reached between the suspended UT constable and his friend,who facilitated Basants arrest at the hands of Haryana Police from a hotel in Delhi.
Police said that Sarita is pregnant. While the two had got married a few months back,it was allegedly annulled as Basant and Sarita not only belong to the same village,. but also to the same gotra. When Sarita was married off again,Basant had shot dead her husband and mother-in-law in Sonepat on April 18,two days after the wedding.
THOSE closely associated with the investigation say that Basant is mentally unsound. He behaves in a strange manner and is very erratic said an investigating officer. Even in the UT District Courts,Sector 43 where he was produced,Basant showed no remorse; he was smiling throughout. So far,Basant has maintained that he had come to Chandigarh only to catch a bus for Delhi but police are not convinced. They suspect that he may have landed in the city to elicit help from a friend.