The Punjab Police’s role in implicating innocent persons has long been a matter of speculation. According to a Punjab and Haryana High Court order, the police have been categorically placed on trial for framing people.Although nobody was injured, the Bench was shocked when police removed blood stains from the “place of occurrence”.
The Division Bench of Justice Sureshwar Thakur and Justice NS Shekhawat asserted that the overjealousness of the police to falsely implicate the accused, in collusion with the complainant, was evident from the fact that the investigating officer claimed to have visited the place of occurrence before taking the blood stains. His “seal impression” was used to seal the parcels.
Two police officials also witnessed all memos prepared during the process. During the process of lifting and converting the blood stains into parcels, one said he also visited the place with the investigating officer.
The police took blood stains despite the fact that no one had been injured in the instant case. According to the Bench, this clearly shows that the police had falsely implicated the accused in the instant case.
The Bench was hearing an appeal filed by the “complainant-victim” against a judgment, dated September 2, 2021, passed by the Jalandhar Additional Sessions Judge, which acquitted the respondent-accused of attempted murder, criminal intimidation, criminal conspiracy, and other charges.
According to the Bench, the rule of prudence requires the holding of a test identification parade when no witnesses witnessed the occurrence and the accused were unknown to either the complainant or witnesses.