A retired Punjab Police Service (PPS) officer and an inspector have been booked by Ludhiana police for allegedly misplacing a licensed weapon and bullets belonging to a person whom they had booked in a case in 2015.
While PPS officer Randhir Singh was then serving as an ACP in Ludhiana, Inspector Satish Kumar was posted as the SHO of the Division Number 3 police station.
The FIR has been lodged on a complaint of Jaspreet Singh, a trader, of the Dhoka Mohalla. In November 2021, Jaspreet had filed a complaint to then police commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar seeking an FIR against the police officers. A probe was marked to Additional DCP-1.
Jaspreet Singh, 35, in his complaint, had said that he was booked in 2015 for opening fire in the air following a complaint by one of his neighbours. An FIR was registered against him and his licensed revolver and 10 live cartridges were seized.
He added that even as the FIR was later cancelled, the police did not return the weapon. Later, he had come to know that the police had misplaced the weapon. He had filed a petition at the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He also alleged that Randhir Singh was threatening him to withdraw the petition. Therefore, he filed a written complaint.
ASI Sukhjinder Singh, who is investigating the case, said that the FIR against the police officers has been filed under Sections 166A (knowingly disobeys any direction of the law prohibiting him from requiring the attendance at any place), 177 (furnishing false information), 192 (fabricating false evidence), 199 (false statement made in declaration which is by law receivable as evidence), 219 (public servant in judicial proceeding corruptly making report, etc, contrary to law) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the IPC and Section 30 of the Arms Act at the Division Number 3 police station.