Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 13
Having gone missing during the supply of jaggery to some bootleggers along the Sutlej this Monday, the body of a 60-year-old man from Poadharra village of Nurmahal was finally recovered from Dhussi Bandh on Wednesday evening.
The deceased, Satnam Singh, had taken the supplies in his pick-up vehicle to the Mand area on August 10 evening, during which an excise raid took place. The family suspects that he was arrested by the raiding team, but as the police and the excise teams denied having detained anyone, they finally lodged a missing complaint.
The Bilga police traced Satnam’s mobile phone from the wild growth along the river banks on Tuesday, but his body was found on Wednesday evening.
Today, nearly 150 residents of the village staged a dharna in front of the police station demanding registration of murder case and demanded a copy of the FIR to end the dharna. SHO Bilga police station Surjeet Singh finally registered a case under Section 302 of the IPC on the statement of deceased’s son Hardeep Singh. He alleged that bootleggers from Sanghowal village and a shopkeeper of Talwan village were responsible for his father’s death and action should be taken against them.
The SHO said the deceased had gone to Mand area to supply jaggery to bootleggers along with a shopkeeper, when the excise team conducted a raid. “All five, including three bootleggers, Satnam Singh and shopkeeper, fled from the spot. While four persons reached their places, Satnam remained missing. His family filed a missing complaint with us and we started investigations. We interrogated the excise team members also, but got no clue, as they only recovered the jaggery, but could not catch hold of anyone. We found the decomposed body yesterday. There was no injury mark on the body and we got the postmortem conducted today. On the statement of the deceased’s son, we have registered a case of murder, but a final call will be taken after we get the post-mortem report.”
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