Pannu submits written complaint

Kahan Singh Pannu, the Punjab IAS officer who was assaulted by a group of pilgrims from the state stranded at Gobind Ghat in Uttarakhand, Thursday submitted a written account of the incident to chief secretary Rakesh Singh.

The document is in the form of a complaint and is likely to be forwarded to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for further action. It will also be sent to the Uttarakhand for registration of an FIR.

When contacted, Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, principal secretary to the Uttarakhand CM, said: "We have ordered the registration of an FIR on Wednesday in Chamoli district. Once the FIR is registered, the investigation will be transferred to Punjab and the SIT constituted there. I have been told that those who attacked Pannu were from Punjab and not Uttarakhand."

Earlier, Badal had asked Sandhu to intervene in the matter. However, an FIR is expected to be registered in Uttarakhand only when an official complaint is received.

"We do not have any complaint from the officer concerned or the people who were with him when the incident took place. A simple complaint will do. Once we have the complaint we will immediately register the FIR," said Ajay Joshi, Superintendent of Police Chamoli.

He said that six days have elapsed since the incident but the police can begin the probe only if it gets a complaint.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Police SIT located another alleged attacker to Ludhiana. "One of the suspects is Baba Panesar, a resident of Ludhiana. He is in transportation business. We have not called him for questioning as yet," said Sanjiv Kalra, who is heading the SIT.

The SIT had identified another suspect, Baljinder Singh Kanakwalia, on Wednesday. Kanakwalia had videographed the assault on his cell phone and uploaded it on social networking websites. "We are trying to locate him. We sent a police team to his residence in Bathinda but he was not there. He is said to be still in Uttarakhand," SIT member Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh said.

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