Punjab DGP sets up 2 SITs to fast-track hooch tragedy investigation

Punjab Hooch Tragedy | DGP Dinkar Gupta SIT Investigation

The Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab Dinkar Gupta on Wednesday ordered a constitution of two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) to fast-track investigations in all the FIRs registered in the hooch tragedy. Meanwhile, the ADGP Law and Order Ishwar Singh will supervise both the SIT investigations.

The Punjab Police has registered a total of 5 FIRs – 3 in Tarn Taran, 1 each in Amritsar Rural and Batala, in the case. DGP Dinkar Gupta said that the SP-level officers have, for the first time, been nominated as Investigating Officers (IOs) for these cases to ensure the conviction of the offenders.

The IOs have been directed by the DGP to ensure thorough and comprehensive investigations to unravel the entire backward and forward linkages both inside and outside the State of Punjab under the supervision of the SIT. IOs shall also be responsible for filing Final Report(s) in the concerned courts under their own signatures expeditiously, said the DGP.

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While DIG Ferozepur Range Ferozepur Hardial Singh Mann will head the SIT for investigating FIRs registered in Tarn Taran, IG Border Range Amritsar Surinder Pal Singh Parmar would be leading the SIT investigating the FIRs registered in Amritsar and Batala.

The other members of the Taran Taran SIT are SSP Tarn Taran, Dhruman Nimbale, along with SP (Investigation) Tarn Taran, Jagjit Singh Walia, who has been nominated as Investigating Officer.

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SSP Amritsar (Rural) Dhruv Dahiya, Gaurav Toora, and SP Investigation, Amritsar (Rural) (nominated as Investigating Officer for FIR no.109 dt. 30.7.20, PS Tarsikka) along with SSP Batala Rachpal Singh, Tejbir Singh, SP Investigation Batala (nominated Investigating Officer in FIR no. 201 dt. 31.7.2020, PS City Batala) are members of the second SIT.

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