October 24, 2009 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Mansa (October 24, 2009): In swift action in wake of the various daily Newspapers’ reports regarding illegal detention of Gurbachan Singh (70) and his son Avtar Singh (26), the Mansa police, on Friday, released the father-son duo from Jhandu Ke village. Gurbachan Singh (70) and his son Avtar Singh (26) told SikhSiyasat Network that Jhunir police released them from illegal detention in the presence of Jhandu Ke village panchayat after the media took up the matter. The two narrated their ordeal at Jhunir, Boha and Sardulgarh police stations where they were moved during their detention.
Gurbachan Singh, a retired patwari, said the police wanted to know the whereabouts of his son Jagtar Singh, who they claim is a suspect in the murder of Dera Sacha Sauda follower Lilly Kumar. Jagtar has been missing from his home since the police raids began for fear of a similar fate at the hands of police, he said. On the other hand Advocate Ajit Singh Bhangu, Ex-President of Bar Association, Mansa and counsel for the family informed SikhSiyasat Network over phone that there is no allegation on record against Jagtar Singh or his family members in any case including Lilli Kumar’s case.
As per a news report published in ‘Hindustan Times’, Gurbachan said the possibility of his son being picked up by the police and illegally detained could not be ruled out. HT news further says that Mansa district police officials could not be contacted for comment.
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