6 accused give cops the slip in court
Solan, July 7
Six accused fled the Nalagarh court minutes before their bail application was rejected this afternoon. The case pertains to kidnapping, intimidation and beating up of a youth, Vivek Sharma, who was first kidnapped from his house and then left unconscious at the Nalagarh police station by them on July 1.
While the police was on the look out for the six youths - Ranjeet Singh, Ranjeet Kumar, Dharam Singh, Manjeet, Vipan Kumar and Manjeet Singh - they had presented their anticipatory bail application before the Nalagarh court on Monday. It was listed for hearing today and the public attorney, while contesting their bail, brought the involvement of some of them in other criminal cases before the court following which it decided to announce its decision at 2 pm.
The six accused, however, fled the court before waiting for the decision assuming that their application would be rejected while the police conveniently chose to look askance.
Reacting sharply to this deliberate lapse on part of the police, the zila parishad chairman Ram Kumar said the local Doon MLA was sheltering the accused who had earlier too been involved in another shoot out incident.
He alleged that such an incident could not happen without the connivance of the police and demanded action against the erring policemen. He said though the DSP (headquarters) was present in the court, it was intriguing how the culprits had given the police the slip.
The police had failed to arrest the youths and even in an earlier incident, they had sought bail much before the police could apprehend them and put them behind bars.