2 cops arrested in custodial death case
MALERKOTLA, Nov 8 - The police here has arrested Inspector Ram Kumar and Constable Dilber Khan in connection with the murder of Balbir Singh, a nephew of Mr Sarwan Singh Phillor, Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Punjab, here yesterday.
According to information, the two were arrested due to pressure from the family of the deceased.
Two constables Hans Raj and Bhim Chand had already been arrested, while three of the seven suspects were still at large. These included Head Constable Bhadur Singh and Harbhajan Singh and Constable Sukhwant Singh.
Balbir Singh, a Dalit, died of internal injuries in police custody here on September 2. An FIR was lodged by Mr Resham Singh, an uncle of the deceased, stating that his nephew was watching some youths playing cards at the local tempo union office when some policemen raided the spot. The boys began to run and in the melee his nephew was arrested. Later, the policemen allegedly thrashed him which resulted in internal injuries to him.
Mr Phillor told mediapersons that his nephew had been implicated in the gambling case.
A case had been registered under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC against Inspector Ram Kumar, Head Constables Bhadur Singh and Harbhajan Singh and constables Dilber Khan, Hans Raj and Sukhwant Singh. All seven had already been suspended.
Relatives of Balbir Singh had staged a dharna and blocked traffic at the Jarag chowk here on October 21 in protest against the delay in the arrest.
The police claims that the remaining accused were on the run, but the relatives of the deceased charged the police with shielding the accused.