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Life term for cop Pinki
Tribune News Service

Jagadhri, October 17
The District and Sessions Judge here today sentenced Punjab Police inspector Gurmeet Singh alias Pinki to life and fined him Rs 1 lakh under Section 302 of the IPC for killing Ludhiana resident Avatar Singh Gola. Five other accused in the case have been acquitted.

Pinki was sent to jail in Ludhiana. While being taken to Ludhiana Pinki said he would challenge the order. “Mere naal dhaka hoya hai. Jeenu maran de saza mainu diti gaye hai usdi main kadi shakl be nahi dekhi”, said Pinki before getting in the police van which took him to Ludhiana.

Pinki was brought to the court at 11.30 from Patiala jail where he was lodged after he had surrendered the court of chief judicial magistrate at Fathegarh Sahib, Punjab yesterday. District and Sessions Judge Virender Singh also sentenced him to three years of jail under Section 27 (1) of the Arms Act and fined him Rs 10,000. The fine of Rs 1 lakh to be recovered from Pinki has been ordered to be given to Gola’s family and in case of default of fine, Pinki would have to undergo one more year of jail.

The case, which had started in Ludhiana was shifted to Chandigarh and from there it went to Kurukshetra and finally the judgment was announced by Jagadhri court today after five years and nine months of the incident.

Judge Virender Singh on September 30 held him guilty of murder and issued arrest warrants against Pinky for October 9 as he was not present in the court. Meanwhile, family members of Gola (including his grandparents Mr Prem Singh and ms Nacchhattar Kaur) and other relatives and well wishers who had reached the court heaved a sigh of relief when Pinki was sentenced to life by the court. father Amrik Singh said that “we are happy but it would have been more satisfying had Pinki been given death sentence. We respect the court’s order”.

District Attorney Sashi Kant Sharma, told the Tribune when the judge ordered him to be sent to Ambala jail but Pinki moved an application saying in Ambala there was danger to his life. Pinki requested the court that he may be sent to Patiala jail. The judge ordered him to be sent to Ludhiana.

On January 7, 2001 Pinky and five others entered into an altercation with Avtar Singh Gola (then 21 years old) outside Pinky’s house in Maya Nagar in Ludhiana. In the application before the court, Amrik Singh had alleged that Pinky and others were consuming liquor and had blocked the road by parking cars and two wheelers. When Avtar Singh Gola and his friend asked for passage, Pinky and others refused them passage an altercation followed. Later, Pinky with his .38 service revolver shot at Avtar Singh Gola. In the application it was also alleged that Ravinder Singh had also fired at Amrik Singh (who too had reached the spot).” Gola died the following day.

The Ludhiana police had registered a case against Pinky, Pawan, Parveen, Ravinder Pal Singh, all Punjab cops, Paramjeet Singh and Jaswant Singh Pannu. The case started in a Ludhiana court but later it was shifted to Chandigarh. Later it was transferred to Kurukshetra in Haryana. Once again the case was transferred to a Jagadhri court and first hearing took place on September 11.

“Pinki should have been given the death sentence. But we honour the court order, said Amrik Singh, father of the victim, Avtar Singh Gola.”Thank God, Pinki has been punished for killing my young son,” said Ms Charanjit Kaur, mother of Gola. Several relatives, friends and well-wishers of Gola had reached the court complex here this morning. All of them appeared happy and relieved when Pinki finally got into the police van which took him to Ludhiana jail. The family thanked all those who helped it in fighting the case.

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