Arrest main accused in Maur blast: High Court - ECAS Punjab

Arrest main accused in Maur blast: High Court

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17

Nearly a year after the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the constitution of a new special investigation team (SIT) for looking into the Maur Mandi blast case after disbanding the earlier one, a Division Bench today expressed its displeasure over the probe and directed all-out efforts to arrest the main accused.

For the purpose, the Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Arun Palli set a two-week deadline. The Bench observed the SIT had concluded the inquiry and investigation and the challan had been put up before the trial court on January 29, but the main accused had not been taken into custody. "We show our displeasure that till date, the main accused have not been arrested," the Bench added

It had in October last year directed Director General of Police (Law and Order) to constitute the new SIT. The Bench also made it clear that the officer would be personally responsible for ensuring proper investigation into the matter.

The developments took place on a petition filed for handing over the investigation in the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or the CBI for a fair and speedy probe

In his petition against the State of Punjab, Bathinda SSP, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and other respondents, Gurjeet Singh Patran of Patiala district and two others claimed the investigation in the case virtually came to a standstill after news surfaced that the vehicle used in the blast was prepared in the VIP workshop of Dera Sacha Sauda at Sirsa and two close associates of the dera chief were involved.

The petitioner had added that the SIT failed to interrogate the dera chief and a senior politician in connection with the case. The petition through counsel MS Joshi added the Maur bomb blast was a part of a deep-rooted conspiracy to get sympathy votes in the Assembly elections and to defame a political party.

from The Tribune

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