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Punjab Liquor king Shiv Lal Doda, 24 otheres get ;life term in Bheem tank murder case

Punjab News Express | August 08, 2019 06:24 PM
Life convict Shiv Lal Doda with former CM Parkash Singh Badal-File Photo

FAZILKA: The court of district and session judge Fazilka today sentenced liquor king Shiv Lal Doda and 24 others to life imprisonment in an infamous case of brutal murder of Bhim tank a 27 year old dalit youth in December 2015. Doda was a close confident of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The district and session judge Jaspal Verma held 25 persons guilty of murder and convicted them while acquitted one accused Pardeep Kumar Happy. Another convict Vickey Pandit has been given four years jail. The accused were tried under sections 302,307, 326, 325 and 120 B of IPC,SC Act and arms act.

Bhim Tank and his freind Gurjant Singh Janta both residents of Fazilka were kidnapped by Shiv Lal Doda and his nephew Amit Doda and others of Abohar and taken to farm house owned by Shiv Lal Doda. It was alleged that Bheem Tank was smuggling illicit liquor in the area where Doda had his liquor shops. Bhim Tank was tortured and his arms were chopped off. He died due to torture while his friend was seriously injured and later survived.

The then ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal leaders close to Doda had influenced police not to register the case but family members of victim blocked roads to force police to arrest the culprits. Even many SAD leaders met Doda in jail and assured him full support. Sukhbir Badal had promsied Shiv Lal Doda ro field in assembly elections from Fazilka seat, the media reports said.

Durian trial of the case Gurjat Singh Janta the main accused and his uncle turned hostile due to political pressure. However later they filed an application to record their fresh statements in the court. Janta was threatened by a gangster who was also booked by police. Doda and all other convicts were in the judicial custody from the day of their arrest.

Those convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment are Gurpreet Singh son of Kulbir Singh, Vazir Singh son of Kashmir Singh, Radhey Ram son of Brij Lal, Gulab Gulabia son of Krishan,, Ravinder son of Ashok Chawla, Simran son of Jaswinder Singh, Ajay Pal Jagga son of Sandeep Kumar,Ashwani Kumar Happy son of Sham Lal, Vivek Vicky son of Vinod Kumar, Manpreet Singh Meeta son of Mukand Singh, Sukhjit Singh Sukha son of Devinder Singh, Mandip Singh son of Pritpal Singh, Gurpreet Singh son of Sukhwinder Singh, Sandeep Singh Sonu son of Balbir Singh, Rajwinder Singh son of Balvir Singh, Munish Kumar son of satpal, Alwinder Singh Jaggu son of Gurjant Singh, Dhanraj Dhanna son of Krishan Kumar, Amid Doda son of Nanak Chand Doda and Shiv Lal soli son of Chhabeel Dass.

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