Monday, June 16, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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VB searches Narottam’s house
Nothing incriminating found
Tribune News Service

Villagers raise slogans against the VB raid on Mr Natrottam Singh Dhillon’s house in Badal village on Sunday.
Villagers raise slogans against the VB raid on Mr Natrottam Singh Dhillon’s house in Badal village on Sunday. — A Tribune photo

Badal (Muktsar), June 15
A team of the Vigilance Bureau led by DSP, Sukhdev Singh Kahlon, made thorough search of the house of Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon, a cousin of Mr Sukhbir Badal, for four hours today but failed to find anything incriminating.

“The team has carried out the search as per the direction of court. The Vigilance Bureau has made compliance of the order of the court. The team will submit its report to the court concerned tomorrow in connection with today’s search”, said Mr Kahlon when asked about the outcome of the search. Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon accompanied the team.

Information collected by The Tribune from the spot revealed that though Mr Kahlon did not disclose the outcome of the search, the Vigilance team could not find anything incriminating which could help it the offences made out against Mr Dhillon in a corruption case registered against him at Mohali police station. Another case for possessing and dealing in counterfeit currency, possessing explosives, possessing and dealing in arms and possessing and dealing in narcotics was registered in Lambi police station against Mr Dhillon on June 11. Mr Dhillon had also been accused of having links with ISI of Pakistan and terrorists.

After the registration of a case of corruption and subsequently his arrest in the recent past, Mr Dhillon was remanded in police custody by the court. The court had also given directions to the Vigilance Bureau that Delhi, Shimla and this village based premises belonging to Mr Dhillon should be searched. The Vigilance team had already checked the Delhi based premises and today it carried out the search in local premises. After this, the Vigilance team went to Shimla for carrying out the search.

Though thousands of residents of this and surrounding villages were present in the house to resist any illegal move of the police personnel to plant any explosive, counterfeit currency, arms and narcotics on Mr Dhillon, the search was carried out in the presence of Mr Manpreet Badal, MLA, Mr Gurtej Singh, former MLA, Mr Balsher Singh Badal, Mr Rajan Garg, General Secretary, All-India Youth Akali Dal, Mr Sanjam Singh Dhillon, Sarpanch, Badal village and kin of Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon.

The team comprising four persons went from one room to other room including stores, kitchen and garages and thoroughly checked everything. The team members even tried to deny access to any room to mediapersons. Mr Narottam Singh Dhillon was allowed to meet persons known to him in his house.

After the team left the premises of Mr Dhillon, the villagers raised slogans against the Punjab Government and condemned its action of implicating a kin of former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in false cases in its bid to fix Mr Badal and to arrest him.

Meanwhile, Mr Amritpal Singh Brar, General Secretary, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Punjab, who also reached the spot said that his party would take up the matter with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the atrocities being committed against the political opponents of the Congress government. He said that the NHRC would be urged to set up judicial commission to probe all human rights violations committed by the government functionaries in the past more than one year in Punjab.Back

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