Chandigarh, January 29, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said the Batala police was working in collusion with Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to stage manage surrender of the accused behind the brutal murder of former Akali Sarpanch Dalbir Dhilwan on the eve of court hearings to avoid censure as well as to hoodwink the people.
In a statement here, former minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the Batala Police had first given a clean chit to the Jails minister even before investigating the heinous murder and even dragged its feet as far as making arrests in the case was concerned.
“Now when it is facing heat from the courts, it is indulging in the drama of making one person in the case surrender before each court hearing so that it can report to the court that it is doing its best to arrest the killers of the former Akali Sarpanch”.
Giving details, Mr Grewal said one of the accused Major Singh had been shown to be arrested following a tip off when the truth was that the arrest was a planned surrender to avoid censure during a court hearing of the case tomorrow.
He said earlier also two of the accused Balwinder and Amritpal Singh had been “arrested” after stage managed surrenders.
The SAD leader said even though it was two and a half months since Dalbir Dhilwan had been murdered, four of the accused in the case were still roaming free. “This is because the Jails Minister is not allowing the Batala police a free hand in the case. It is unfortunate that Batala SSP Opinderjit Ghuman is also toeing the Congress party line in the case and is dragging his feet in arresting the accused.
Even those who have been shown to be arrested in the case have actually surrendered in a planned way”. He said it was condemnable that the police was helping the accused by going soft on them and simultaneously claiming that the murder was due to internal rivalry instead of admitting that it was a political murder and investigating the same as such.
Mr Grewal said the SAD was with the family of Dalbir Dhilwan and would assist the family members including the former Sarpanch’s newly married daughter Navneet to get justice in the case. “The case is also important as it exposes the minster- gangster- police nexus as well as the patronage provided to gangsters by Congress leaders.
We have already showed the manner in which Sukhjinder Randhawa has sheltered Jaggu Bhagwanpuria in jail and even presented proof of the same to the Punjab DGP. Sukhjinder Randhawa has failed to present himself for a fair probe by resigning from the ministry but we will continue to bring out all facts of the case before the courts and the people to ensure the culprits responsible for the political assassination of Dalbir Dhilwan are brought to book”.