Days after a Shaurya Chakra awardee, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, was killed by two bike-borne assailants at his residence, his family accused Punjab Police on ignoring the terror angle in its probe.
The police, meanwhile, said that it is focusing on terror angle, personal rivalry and other possibilities behind the murder.
Meanwhile, police also said that it is taking assistance from sons of the deceased in the probe.
Jagdish Kaur, wife of Balwainder Singh, said: “My sons have been called to police station. Police is also coming to our home to investigate my sons. It is sheer harassment. My sons have nothing to do with the murder of their father. It was a terror attack. Police should investigate terror angle in this case, instead of focusing on my sons.”
There are three old FIRs against Balwinder Singh’s younger son, Arshdeep Singh, and in one of these FIRs, elder son, Gagandeep Singh, is also named.
Tarn Taran SSP Dhruman H Nimbale, said, “We have a taken assistance of Arshdeep in the murder case. We called him to the police station only once that too to seek his assistance. You can confirm it from Arshdeep that we detained some persons after getting a lead from him. So we are not investigating Arshdeep. He is just assisting us in the investigation.”
However, Jagdish Kaur alleged, “Police have been planting all the stories to divert the attention from their failure to provide security to my husband. He was killed because there was no security and he has been killed by terrorists. We fought against the terrorism and it is the only reason behind the murder of my husband. It is a failure of the police that they couldn’t arrest the killers so far.”
Sandhu (62) had received Shaurya Chakra for fighting militancy in Punjab. He gunned down at his home in Tarn Taran’s Bhikhiwind by two unidentified bikers on Friday. The attack took place months after his security cover was removed by the state government. Sandhu’s family termed the killing a terror attack, and blamed it on the decision to remove his security.
A senior police officer said, “We have been investigating all the angles. We have been focusing terror angle, personal rivalry and other possibilities behind the murder. We have got CCTV footage and we have also been able to identify the bike used in the murder. We are close to cracking this case. It is also true that we have not found any terror angle in this murder so far.”
Government has also announced a government job to a family member and Rs 5 lakh compensation.
Jagdish Kaur said: “I am not sure if compensation amount is enough. I will discuss it with my family members.”
She added, “If police couldn’t crack the case then we will come on the roads and protest against the government. We all know how weapons are being recovered from the different parts of Punjab. First, police fail to protect my husband by giving him security and now they have been taking investigation in another direction. There should be no doubt that it was terrorist attack.”
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