Sarpanch, 6 others had no role in case: Police

Amritsar (Rural) SSP Preetpaul Singh Virk on Wednesday said Nangal Wanjha Wala Sarpanch Amarjit Singh, an accused in the Gurpreet murder case, had no role in the incident and had been falsely named by the victim's mother in her complaint.

While announcing the arrest of an accused in the case, Amritpal Singh, Virk on Wednesday said the police have already arrested one Swaran Singh and were conducting raids to arrest two other accused Ninder Singh and Pargat Singh.

"As per preliminary investigations, seven persons named in the case had no role in the murder," he added. The case was initially registered against 11 people, including Amarjit Singh.

Virk also claimed that the police did not know whether Amarjit Singh was indeed a SAD leader.

Sukhraj Kaur, mother of Gurpreet Singh of Nangal Wahian village who died on Monday after being allegedly beaten up by 11 people, including Amarjit Singh had alleged that Gurpreet was kidnapped from her house on December 8. By the time her relatives went to rescue Gurpreet, he had already been brutally beaten. Sarpanch Amarjit Singh also allegedly fired a couple of shots from a 32 bore gun to scare Sukhraj and her relatives.

A case against 11 people, including Amarjit Singh, was registered after Gurpreet succumbed at a hospital in Ajnala on December 9.

"The complainant had falsely named seven other persons, including Amarjit Singh. During preliminary investigations, it has emerged that they had no role in the case. Also, Amarjit Singh did not open fire as had been alleged," said Virk.

Gurpreet's mother had claimed that he was beaten up as it was suspected that he was having an "illicit relationship" with the sister-in-law of an accused. "The allegation of kidnapping was also found to be false, as Gurpreet Singh had scaled the wall of house of woman in question, following which, he was beaten up," said Virk.

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