After a tense few days, the lost carbine (official weapon) of a UT Police constable was recovered by the police on Wednesday from a 24-year old, Naresh, a Class IV employee. Reportedly, the accused had first beaten the constable and then snatched his carbine. The police is now on a lookout for the other two accused who are presently absconding.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) East, Vijay Kumar said, “The constable had been saying that someone had beaten him, which was proved in the medical examination. But he was not able to confirm what really happened, since he had been in an inebriated state. With the help of the persons who were around at that time and the beat staff, Naresh was suspected. He was arrested and during questioning, he revealed a hideout where the carbine had been hidden”.
According to the police sources, constable Shalinder Singh was in an inebriated state and Naresh, with two of his friends, entered into a scuffle with him. The three beat the constable and then snatched his carbine and fled from the spot. The Station House Officer of the Industrial Area Police Station on Wednesday arrested the accused and booked him on charges of robbery, voluntarily causing hurt (392 and 323 of the Indian Penal Code) and under the Arms Act.
As per the police officials, on the night when the incident took place, the constable was approached by Naresh and two other persons with whom the constable had an argument. Later the accused followed the constable and started to physically assault him, following which they snatched his carbine and fled.
UT Police then registered a case about the lost carbine on Sunday against the constable, who was then placed under suspension. Constable Shalinder Singh was booked on charges of misconduct (409 of IPC). However, the case has been changed now after the carbine has been recovered and one of the accused has been arrested.
An inquiry against a Sub-Inspector, Purshottam Singh, was also marked as the constable Shalinder Singh was posted under him.