Fugitive woman Punjab Police officer surrenders

Chandigarh, Jan 15 (IANS) On the run for nearly five months, a senior woman officer of the Punjab Police surrendered Tuesday in court in a case of abetment to suicide of a taxation official.

Superintendent of Police Amandeep Kaur was evading arrest after she was booked in August for abetment of suicide of excise and taxation officer Ranjit Singh.

A court in Mohali town, around 10 km from here, had ordered registration of a case against her, constable Harminder Singh and three traders.

After evading arrest, Amandeep Kaur surrendered in court Tuesday morning.

The taxation officer committed suicide in April, a month after he was booked and arrested by the police's vigilance wing in a graft case. He killed himself soon after he was released on bail.

An inquiry by senior officers later revealed that the officer was falsely implicated and was under pressure from the investigating team led by Amandeep Kaur.

A special investigation team (SIT) told the court in October that Amandeep Kaur and four others hatched a conspiracy to implicate Ranjit Singh, forcing him to commit suicide.

The taxation officer's widow, Manjit Kaur, who accused police of delaying the arrest of Amandeep Kaur, was holding a protest for the last few days to seek justice for her husband.

Recently, the court came down heavily for not arresting the police officer. She had tried to obtain anticipatory bail but her pleas were rejected by different courts.

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