A FEW hours before he jumped in front of a running train, a 26-year-old man posted a “suicide note” on his Facebook wall, claiming police torture, extortion and threat to book him in a fake drug smuggling case as reasons behind taking the extreme step.
Inderpal Ahuja’s body was recovered from an unmanned railway crossing in Himmat Nagar this morning. His family in Dugri said Ahuja had not returned home since Thursday afternoon.
Inderpal Ahuja, it is learnt, was being interrogated in connection with a murder case registered against gangster Gourav Sharma alias Goru Bacha.
In another controversy, Bacha’s photographs were recently found on the posters of Akali Dal’s students’ wing SOI (Student Organisation of India) along with deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia amongst others.
Ahuja owned a mobile phone recharging outlet and the Dugri police had reportedly asked him to submit the records of Bacha’s recharge in connection with the investigation in the murder case against the gangster.
Bacha had on April 7 shot dead an autorickshaw driver, Vikrant Kumar alias Vicky, in Dugri over the issue of parking a vehicle. He has been absconding since.
Ahuja had around 9 pm Thursday updated his Facebook status.
In the first message (see pic), he had claimed that policemen from Dugri police station, namely Swaran Singh, Buta Singh and SHO Davinder Chaudhary, who are investigating the Goru Bacha murder case, tortured and threatened him Thursday. He also alleged that the three extorted Rs 1.25 lakh from him and threatened to register an FIR of heroin smuggling against him if he did not pay up.
The message further stated: “I do not have any proof but this message will get me justice.”
Another message posted minutes later stated that he was unhappy with all this and was, therefore, killing himself – “me aj in sbse dukhi hokr apni jan de rha hu”.
The last message appealed for justice while alleging that the policemen took away all his earnings.
Ahuja’s family said the Dungri police had summoned him again Thursday. They said he looked upset after he came back from the police station and closed his shop around 3 pm. Since then, he did not return home and his cellphone was also switched off. Ahuja is survived by his mother Kuldip Kaur and two sisters.
Three cops named by victim suspended
Soon after the incident, Police Commissioner Jatinder Singh Aulakh placed the services of Inspector Davinder Chaudhary, SHO at Police Station Dugri, ASI Buta Singh and head constable Swaran Singh under suspension. “ADCP-2 Sandeep Garg will be probing charges against Dugri police station staff and submit report in three days. If found guilty, action will be taken,” said Aulakh.
Victim’s family wants no FIR
Inderjit Singh, SHO, railway police station, said proceedings in the suicide case have been filed under section 174 of the CrPC (accidental death).
“The victim’s mother, Kuldip Kaur, has given a statement that he was depressed since a few days and that they did not want an FIR against anyone. After the postmortem examination, the body has been handed over to the family,” he said.
SHO, Dugri Police Station Chaudhary, against whom the victim has alleged charges of corruption, extortion and torture, speaking to The Indian Express, said, “Anybody can write anyone’s name. Investigating a case is our job and we summoned him ten days ago. I asked for the record of numbers he had recharged as gangster Goru Bacha had got his cellphone recharged from him. Investigation will reveal
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