Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 8
The police have arrested three prisoners who allegedly killed another jail inmate while having dinner on Sunday.
The deceased has been identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Lakha Baba.
Baba (48) was lodged at the Central Jail in a murder case while the accused were languishing on charges of robberies and snatchings.
Those arrested included Avtar Singh, alias Tari of Jhitte Khurd village, Sultan Singh of Eshapur village, Gurjant Singh of Mehindipur village Tarn Taran and Harpreet Singh of Amritsar. All of them were lodged in room number 6 of barrack number 5.
According to jail authorities, the incident occurred in the same barrack, following a verbal spat. Baba along with Sajandeep of Manawala Kalan and Lovepreet Singh of Sabhran were having dinner in the barrack when the accused attacked Baba with sharpened-iron strip. Baba suffered injuries on his arms and legs while there was no visible head injuries as the deceased was wearing a turban. Sajandeep and Lovepreet also suffered injures as they tried to save Baba.
The victims were sent to the Civil Hospital for medico- legal reports. Suddenly, health of Baba deteriorated and he died apparently due to cardiac arrest. The post-mortem of the deceased was conducted today, which would ascertain the cause of his death.
Jatinder Singh, in charge, Fatahpur police chowki, said the accused were arrested and investigation was under progress to ascertain the reason behind the assault. The police took an iron strip used in the crime into possession.
SAD wants CM TO dismiss Jails Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa
Amritsar: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to dismiss Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa for allegedly patronising gangsters in Punjab jails, which has led to a total breakdown in jail administration as witnessed by the murder of an inmate in the Central Jail here. In a statement, SAD spokesman Virsa Singh Valtoha alleged that the minister was in the forefront of providing five star facilities to underworld dons and gangsters as witnessed by the VVIP treatment extended to Mukhtiar Ansari and Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, respectively. Due to the failure of the Punjab Government, jails have become a den for planning kidnappings, extortions and even target killings. Gangsters have easy access to mobile phones and luxuries. “Gangsters now feel safe in jail and are carrying out their criminal activities from inside the jail premises,” the SAD leader asserted. He asked the Chief Minister to divest Sukhjinder Randhawa of the Jails portfolio immediately and order a probe into all cases of violation of the jails manual and book those guilty of the same to clean up the jails in the state. TNS
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