March 15, 2011 2:42:14 am
Sohan Singh,alias Sohanjit Singh,an alleged Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) operative,arrested on March 7 by the State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) for possession of arms,died mysteriously in police custody on Monday.
Manminder Singh,Assistant Inspector General (AIG),SSOC,said Sohan Singh,who was lodged in the lock-up of the SSOC Centre,hanged himself from the ceiling fan with the help of his turban.
Even as authorities have termed the death as suicide,his family members think otherwise. His widow Bhinder Kaur,alleged that Sohan died due to police torture.
A judicial probe,to be conducted by a chief judicial magistrate has been ordered into the cause of Sohan Singhs death. The body has been sent for a post-mortem. The police personnel on duty at the time of the death have also come under scrutiny.
Sohan Singhs arrest was a major breakthrough for the police as he was wanted in cases related to disruptive activities including planting an RDX bomb in a Maruti car that was found abandoned near the Circuit House in May last year. He had a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head and was nabbed while attempting to escape to Nepal. He was alleged to be close to Paramjit Singh Panjwarh,the self-styled head of the KCF who was plotting the revival of terrorism in the state,AIG Singh said.
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