Chandigarh cop murdered, suspicion on fugitive colleague

Chandigarh, June 8 (IANS) An inspector of the Chandigarh Police was stabbed to death by a youth in the early hours of Saturday and investigators are looking into the role of a fugitive policeman in the murder, an official said.

Inspector Sucha Singh succumbed to the stab injuries at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here after the attack around 3 a.m.

Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh told media that the role of suspended constable Basant Kumar, alias Bunty, was being investigated in the murder.

Sucha Singh was attacked by an unidentified youth, who was accompanied by a girl, just a few metres away from the Sector 17 police station in the heart of the city.

The youth and the girl took away the traffic interceptor vehicle in which the police officer was travelling. The vehicle was later found abandoned near Dhanas village on the outskirts of this union territory.

A police driver was also injured in the attack by the man.

Police officials said that the inspector, who was in the police vehicle on night patrol duty, had stopped the youth near the district court complex.

The youth was being taken in the vehicle to the nearby police station when he attacked the inspector with a sharp-edged weapon.

Suspect Basant Kumar had killed a 55-year-old woman, Roshni, and her son, Sandeep, 23, with his service weapon in Haryana's Sonipat district in April and absconded with a newly-wed woman, Sarita, with whom he had an affair. Sarita had been married to Sandeep for just three days when the constable attacked and killed the mother-son duo.

"A case of murder and other offences has been registered against one boy and one girl who sped away after stabbing inspector Sucha Singh and his driver of Traffic Interceptor No. CH-01-GA-6015 in front of gate of old District Court in Sector-17," a police spokesman said.

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