The Sangrur Police on Monday said the case, relating to six of its personnel having fired at two unarmed men, had been closed and appeared to blame the duo for the incident.
“The youths admitted their mistake. Had they initially stopped at the police naka, there would have been no confusion. The chase started when they didn’t stop their car. We admit that our personnel fired on the wrong people but the case stands closed. The families said that they don’t want any further action,” SSP Sangrur Pritpal Singh Thind said on Monday.
One victim, Sunil Kaushal, still admitted at the DMCH in Ludhiana, denied the SSP’s claims. “Police from Dhuri came to take our statements on Sunday night and we clearly told them that the six policemen fired at us. We want justice. Police are forcing us to compromise and are offering to foot our medical expenses but we refused. Tomorrow this could happen to someone else,” Kaushal said.
The brothers, who were rushed to Ludhiana’s DMCH, were adamant at tough action against the offending policemen but the Sangrur police appeared to be working towards a compromise from the very first day.
Despite Kaushal’s statements, Thind insisted that the family wanted the case closed. “The family has compromised. It was a misunderstanding from both sides ,” Thind said.
The incident occurred on the night of August 18 when six staff of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) at the Bahadurgarh police station opened fire on a white Ford Figo which was being driven by brothers Surinder Sharma and Sunil Kaushal. Police claimed they had mistaken the car to be of gangster Ghudda whom they had been chasing.
While Sunil had sustained an injury on his arm during the incident, Surinder sustained injuries after allegedly being assaulted by the policemen.
The closure of the case, however, leaves a number of unanswered questions.
The police’s new claim, that the two refused to stop at the naka, sits at odds with their theory that they had been chasing the gangster before mistaking cars during the chase. Police had earlier stated that Ghudda had shot at a head constable manning a naka, which they claimed had prompted the chase in the first place. They now claim that the two brothers had also refused to stop at a naka.
Moreover, the identity of the offending six CIA staff is still unknown.
While they had been booked on attempt to murder charges, they were never named in the FIR. While the Sangrur SSP admitted that police had fired on the wrong people, no probe has also been ordered on the actions of the six police personnel.
The SSP, meanwhile, appealed to the city residents to stop at nakas set up by police so that police could do their duty.