Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu, May 15: On March 7 this year, Jammu Police claimed to have arrested “two drug peddlers”, namely Rajbeer Singh and Sameer Ahmad Mir, residents of Baramulla at a Naka at Narwal Chowk on Jammu-Delhi national highway.
Weeks later, a local daily earned that three, not two, persons were travelling in the vehicle when it was intercepted during a routine checking, not on any specific information, on March 5th 11.30 pm, not on March 7th 10.50 pm, at Kunjwani Chowk, not at Bala Chowk Kunjwani, as shown in the Police records.
While investigating further, it became clear that head of Narwal Police Post, Sub Inspector Mehmood Khan, held the duo in wrongful confinement without disclosing their “arrest” for two days and with the help of a Kashmiri businessman friend, Haseeb Tramboo, the Police officer bargained Rajbeer Singh’s “clean chit” with his NRI family based in Cleveland, United States of America.
On March 7th, when the NRI family in Cleveland contacted an immigrant from Jammu, Ms Bindu, who called her school days class-fellow, Danish Rana—currently Inspector General of Police Jammu— and sought his help in release of Rajbeer Singh. In minutes of IGP’s call to SSP Jammu, SI Mehmood Khan sensed that the matter had been taken up with the higher authorities and he did not lose a second to file the FIR.
During the course of investigation, Rajbeer’s relatives revealed that his brother Harjot Singh was settled in Cleveland alongwith both of his parents and brother-in-law Summerpreet Singh. They are running a business in stores. Rajbeer, who lived at his house in Baramulla during summer and at his house in Nanak Nagar Jammu during winter, was also planning to shift to USA after completing his course in computer sciences.
In Jammu, Rajbeer developed friendship with one Joginder and invested Rs 1.50 lakh in his ice cream business. On March 3rd, Rajbeer left for New Delhi in his Wagon R, alongwith Joginder and another Baramulla-based youth Sameer. Rajbeer’s vehicle met with an accident at Patiala where he left back his Wagon R and travelled to Delhi by a taxi to catch up his meeting with a woman friend. Joginder followed him after repairing the vehicle. On March 4th, Rajbeer and Joginder purchased some cooling equipment for latter’s ice factory. On March 5th, on their return, they were stopped by a Police party at Kunjwani Chowk, that falls in jurisdiction of Gangyal Police Station.