Kanpur Police Registers FIR against Two Senior GST Officials for Murder of Truck Driver after Illegal Detention

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Kanpur Police registered an FIR against two senior Goods and Services Tax (GST) officials for murdering a truck driver. According to the FIR, the officials were changed with Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

As per the reports, Balbir Singh, the truck driver, was allegedly subjected to physical assault and unjustly held captive by the officials for a duration of three days. This incident occurred after his truck was seized on the grounds of suspected tax evasion during a routine inspection on GST Road near Geeta Nagar Crossing.

In accordance with the information provided in the FIR, the date of occurrence of the crime was from 21st July 2023 to 23rd July 2023. The information received to the police station was on 24th July 2023, at 6 pm.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police, Anand Prakash Tiwari, an FIR has been lodged against GST joint commissioners Amit Mohan and Paras Nath, along with several unidentified department officials. The accusation pertains to the alleged murder of a truck driver hailing from Ludhiana, Punjab.

Govind Singh (son of truck driver Balbir), the complainant, mentioned that his father had pleaded with the officials to set him free, expressing his desire to attend his other son’s funeral in their hometown. However, Balbir’s request was ignored, and the officials showed no willingness to release him. The truck driver was found dead on Sunday Morning inside the cabin of the truck.

In the meantime, trader groups reported that Balbir was forcibly kept confined inside his truck, despite his continuous grieving for his deceased son, for a period of three days. Tragically, he was discovered dead in the truck’s cabin on Sunday.

The Postmortem was conducted. The traders have urged the police to complete the investigation within 72 hours. The remains are preserved for further investigation.

Truly, this incident is deeply alarming. The individuals involved in the alleged wrongdoing are public servants, specifically GST officials. Their behaviour was inappropriate right from the start, and the public would have never anticipated such atrocious acts from those responsible for safeguarding the rights of the citizens.

The investigation is currently underway and authorities, both the government and the department, must prioritize the safety of Balbir Singh’s family and ensure that justice is served for him.

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