Friday, May 23, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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From Pak jail to Haryana lock-up
Ashwani Dutta

Yamunanagar, May 22
Barely a week after his release from the Quetta jail in Pakistan, Surinder Singh has again landed in lock-up. This time the charges against him are abduction of police officials and snatching away their identity cards and other government documents. The Jagadhri Sadar police has arrested him along with members of his family under sections 186, 332, 343, 353, 392 and 506, IPC.

Mehalawali village, 10 km from here, came into limelight two days back when Surinder Singh returned to his native village after being released by the Pakistani authorities.

According to information three policemen went to the residence of Surinder Singh yesterday morning and asked Baljeet Singh, brother of Surinder Singh, to accompany them to Ambala as he was wanted in one case. The family members reportedly refused to comply with the orders, caught hold of them and allegedly locked them in a room. The policemen reportedly showed them their identity cards and the documents relating to the case but they refused to release them.

Meanwhile Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI) Ranjor Singh used his mobile phone to inform the higher police authorities at Sadar Police, Jagadhari. Additional police contingent rushed to Mehalawali village and rescued the policemen.

Mr Ranjor Singh (ASI), who is posted in Baldev Nagar Police Station, Ambala, lodged a complaint at Sadar Police Station, Jagadhri, yesterday. According to the report one Randhir Singh had lodged a complaint against Surinderís brother Baljeet Singh, son of Mukhtiar Singh, resident of Mehalawali, that he had taken Rs 60,000 from him for sending him abroad. On the basis of this complaint ASI Ranjor Singh, Head Constable Ram Kishan of Ambala along with Constable Jai Pal of Yamunanagar district reached Mehalawali village yesterday morning.

Surinder Singh, his father Mukhtiar Singh, his mother Mahinder Kaur, his brother Baljeet Singh and his wife Paramjeet Kaur and Lakhwinder Kaur, wife of Surinder Singh, allegedly locked them in a room. On the complaint lodged by ASI Ranjor Singh the police arrested Surinder Singh, Mukhtiar Singh and Mahinder Kaur. The others are absconding.

Paramjit Kaur, wife of Baljeet Singh, lodged a complaint with Mr Rajinder Singh, Superintendent of Police Yamunanagar, against Ram Singh, Head Constable, Ambala (name as per complaint) and his associates. She alleged that on the night of May 20-21 Ram Singh along with three other persons came in a Maruti car. The four persons entered the house. Out of these three were in police uniform. They started abusing and kicking her, wanting to know about her husbandís whereabouts. She told them that he had gone to answer the call of nature in the field.

When they refused to go she shouted for help. On hearing her shouts the neighbours came to her rescue. Three of the persons ran away. Ram Singh, Head Constable, who was in police uniform was caught.

She also called the sarpanch of the village and other persons and they reported the matter to the Police Station, Sadar, Jagadhri, on the telephone. Ram Singh was handed over to the police.

Mr Surinder Singh remained in Quetta jail for one year from May 17, 2002 to May 16, 2003.

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