Court dismisses police plea

Anju Agnihotri Chaba
Jalandhar, July 02 Police had sought cancellation of case against the
former SHO

In the case of Nurmahal suicides in which Sukhdev Singh and his family
took the drastic step after alleged police torture, Court of
Additional Sessions Judge BK Mehta today dismissed the police's
application in which they had sought cancellation of the case against
the former SHO.

Three members of the family had committed suicide after cousin of the
deceased allegedly eloped with a girl and the police tortured Sukhdev
to know the whereabouts of the runaway couple.

The court has also ordered reinvestigation of the case. Complainants,
Resham and Surjit Kaur, brother and sister of Sukhdev, filed a protest
petition against the cancellation report. They alleged that the facts
of the police reports were wrong and baseless. Resham said they had
never executed any compromise with SHO Shiv Dev Singh Kahlon. Resham
said, "If the SHO was innocent, then why did he offer me Rs 10 lakh
and later issued life threats?"

Notably, Sukhdev, 30, his pregnant wife and six-year-old daughter had
committed suicide by jumping in front of a train at Mahunwal village
in Nurmahal last year on June 8. The magisterial probe had indicted
the then SHO Shiv Dev Singh Kahlon of illegal confinement, torture and

Kahlon was booked under various sections, including 306, 120 (B), 217,
32 and 342 of the IPC and sections 3 and 4 of the SC/ST Act and the
Prevention of Corruption Act and was arrested on July 1, 2007. Now,
the police had stated in its report that the family had committed
suicide because of personal problems.

Kahlon was booked on the basis of inquiry report of Phillaur SDM
Pritam Singh. Earlier, the probe was to be conducted by the Jalandhar
Police, but later it was handed over to Kapurthala Police. DSP (D)
Harinderjit Singh conducted the inquiry and reported that the SHO was
innocent and the complainant had struck a compromise with him.

But Resham said the police took his signature on blank papers, which
they might have used in their favour. He added that they have full
faith in the judiciary.

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