Making a case for providing another opportunity to the police officers accused of inaction in the infamous abduction and murder of Khushpreet Singh,UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar has asked the Inspector General of Police to relook and,if required,conduct an independent inquiry in the case.
Almost a year after the kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Khushpreet,the Chandigarh Police had reduced the services of its three officers from four to two years who were found guilty of negligence. The three officers were the then Station House Officer of Sector 34 police station,Inspector Udaypal Singh; Inspector Narinder Patial and Sub-inspector (SI) Balraj Singh,who were both posted with Burail police post.
Khushpreet,a resident of Burail,was kidnapped on December 21,2010,and his body was recovered on January 5,2011,near the UT-Mohali border. The family blamed police for the negligence and shoddy investigations in the case. Later,Inspector Uday Pal Singh,Patial and SI Balraj Singh were suspended after a probe by the then Sub- Divisional Magistrate M L Sharma.
Sharma,in his report,had held the three guilty of negligence and dereliction of duty.
Asked if the order by the Home Secretary about probing the case again was justified,Sharma refused to offer any comment.
The Home Secretary has stated in the order that in exercise of the powers conferred under the rules,I have come to the conclusion that the punishment awarded to them is not commensurate with the guilt alleged to have been committed in handling the case of master Khushpreet.
The order also states that the allegations made by the three police officials were not examined and the charge levelled in the show-cause notice issued to the three officers was not examined in true perspective. It is recommended to the punishing authority (IGP) to have a re-look and,if required,conduct an independent inquiry by another officer affording full opportunity to the three police officials to project their stand.