Suicide by an Amritsar Family (2004) Case – Non-bailable warrants against DIG Kultar Singh & DSP Hardep Singh
Published: September 18, 2012
Amritsar/Punjab (September 18, 2012): Chief Judicial Magistrate of Amritsar is reported have issued arrest warrants against former Amritsar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kultar Singh, who is currently posted as Deputy Inspector General (DIG), and former Amritsar SHO, who is currently holding the post of DSP, Hardev Singh for their alleged role in the suicide of five members of an Amritsar family in 2004.
According to information five members of a Mohini Chowk family including Hardip Singh, his wife Romi, his mother Jaswant Kaur and sons Imran and Sanmeet had committed suicide on the night of September 30, 2004.
Before taking the extreme step Hardip Singh had inscribed the reason on the wall of the room, which included serious allegations against Kultar Singh.
C.J.M. Ranjit Kaur has directed Kultar Singh and Hardev Singh, the then SHO and now deputy superintendent of police, Zira, to appear before the court on November 12, 2012.
Police had registered a case under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 388 (extortion by threat of accusation of an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, etc) of the IPC.
The Punjab Human Rights Organization (PHRO) led by Justice (retired) Ajit Singh Bains had conducted an independent inquiry which blamed the cops for not conducting a fair inquiry and tampering with the suicide note besides demanding illegal gratification from the family.
Disappointed by the police investigations, PHRO principal investigator Sarabjit Singh Verka moved a criminal complaint under sections of the Indian Penal Code with section 7/13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act before the magistrate, against Kultar Singh, Hardev Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Manmohan Singh, relatives of Kultar Singh.
“The police deliberately omitted the allegations against Kultar made in the suicide note that had compelled them to commit suicide. The matter came to the light during the inquiry, but the local police presented an incomplete challan in the court without citing the role of Kultar Singh in the case,” stated the complaint by PHRO.