Chandigarh, April 8
The CBI Special Court, Haryana, today framed charges against eight people in the Chautala village double-murder case.
The trial against the eight accused, Mahender, Harsimrandeep Singh, Chhotu Ram Bhat, Mukhram, Sukhwinder, Sukhdeep Singh, Ravinder, and Sukhpreet Singh, for criminal conspiracy read with murder, attempt to murder, rioting while armed with deadly weapons, for being members of unlawful assembly, criminal intimidation and the Arms Act would start from April 16 at the CBI court in Panchkula.
On the night of January 11, 2017, Ranbir Singh, along with his nephew Satibir, had gone to the kinnow plant of Godara, a co-villager, for considering the sale of of the fruit from their 3-acre farm. Both met Godara and entered his office where Amit Saharan and Jai Prakash were already present.
While discussing, Godara, along with Jai Prakash, went out of the office leaving behind three-Ranbir Singh, Amit Saharan, and Satbir-in the office. At about 8.40 pm, assailants entered the office and killed Amit and Satbir while Ranbir Singh claimed that he escaped while hiding under the table. During spot inspection, the Haryana Police had collected 28 empty cartridges, nine bullets along with 22 pieces of bullets.
Bhawna, wife of Satbir, told the CBI that her family had no dispute with Godara, but her brother-in-law Ravinder Bishnoi had differences with Chotu Ram Bhat over their business partnership in liquor contracts. Ravinder Bishnoi used to visit Godara often.
Ravinder’s friend Amandeep, a relative of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, was killed at the behest of Bhat in 2014. In retaliation, Lawrenc, also known to Ravinder, managed to attack Bhat in Dabwali court in 2016 where he got injured. Bhat was suspecting that Amit Saharan and Ravinder Bishnoi were financially helping Lawrence.
As per the CBI chargesheet, five shooters — Kamaljeet, Jaspreet, Nishan, Sukhpreet, and Harsimrandeep, all Punjab residents — had stayed at Bhat’s residence at Chautala village to plan the elimination of Amit and Ravinder. — TNS
Chautala village double-murder case
The murder of Amit Saharan and Satbir took place on January 1, 2017, at a kinnow plant of PK Godara at Chautala village in Sirsa. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had handed over the case to the CBI, Chandigarh, on September 18, 2018, on the petition of victims’ wives. Navina, wife of Amit, and Bhawna, wife of Satbir, had approached the HC.