Namdhari passport impounded by Jalandhar office

The Jalandhar passport office on Tuesday impounded the passport of Sukhdev Singh Namdhari, an accused in the Ponty Chadha shootout case. The Punjab Police has also come under the scanner for clearing his application in 2006, when he was a resident of Bazpur, Udham Singh Nagar district, Uttarakhand.

Passport officer Parneet Singh said Namdhari's application was recommended by then SHO of Lohian police station Jarnail Singh after verification. Namdhari's police verification report said he was a resident of Jania village in Punjab.

Passport office sources said even the Intelligence report had not raised any objections in 2006. The passport officer had written to the then SSP (Rural), asking how the police had verified the case of a person who did not live in Punjab.

Jania village sarpanch Surjit Singh had said a team of Vigilance Bureau had come to inquire about Namdhari six months ago. He said he told them that Namdhari was not a resident of the village.

It is learnt that a senior Congress leader from Jalandhar had helped Namdhari get a passport in 2006.

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