Tribune News Service
Patiala, March 4
In a major action against proclaimed offenders missing under various cases in Patiala, the district police have managed to attach properties and assets of 15 such accused. In many cases, accused have either been missing from India or have not joined investigations related to terrorism for the past over 30 years.
While the police have attached immoveable assets worth Rs 9.93 crore of 15 accused, the process is on to identify and complete proceedings against others.
Patiala SSP Vikramjeet Duggal said properties in many cases were attached as per the instructions of area magistrates under Sections 82 and 83 of the CrPC.
The Patiala police said they had attached properties worth over Rs 2 crore of a fugitive who was named a suspect in terrorism-related case 33 years ago. A local court recently declared Baldev Singh, a suspect booked under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in 1988, a proclaimed offender and allowed police to attach his properties. “These properties include seven acres in his village Dandoa and are valued at Rs 2.17 crore,” said Duggal.
Another one on the list is Kanwar Randeep Singh Kharoud, alias SK, who is involved in multiple criminal cases and runs liquor shops in Patiala. A notorious gangster, Kharoud had stirred a controversy after he joined the Congress with the backing of a Congress leader from Sanaur during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
In June 2020, sarpanch Shamsher Singh (38), who was associated with the Congress, and a resident of Sukh Ram Colony, was attacked by around 15-20 persons with iron rods and sharp weapons. Out of three bullets fired to scare Shamsher, one had pierced into his body. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.
SK Kharoud and Jatinder Shergill were among the accused in the case. Immovable assets worth Rs 1.20 crore of these two accused, who were wanted in an FIR lodged at the Anaj Mandi police station and declared POs, were attached following directions of court.
Similarly, immovable assets worth Rs 25 lakh of another accused declared PO by the court in an FIR lodged at the Patran police station were also attached a few days ago.
“I have summoned all old case files in which POs have been avoiding arrest or court proceedings or have jumped parole,” said Duggal.
‘Terrorist, gangster’ on list
- A local court recently declared Baldev Singh, a suspect booked under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in 1988, a proclaimed offender and allowed police to attach his properties
- Another one on the list is Kanwar Randeep Singh Kharoud, who is involved in multiple criminal cases and runs liquor shops in Patiala. He was also among those booked in an assault case which had left a sarpanch dead
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