The son of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Sanjay Popli died of a gun wound in Chandigarh. The family of the deceased alleged foul play. They blamed vigilance officials for killing 27-year-old Kartik.
However, the deceased’s family claimed that he was murdered. Notably, Popli was arrested in a corruption case.
The IAS officer alleged that his son was killed by vigilance officials in front of him. He said, “I am an eye-witness, they (police officials) are taking me….my son was shot by them.” Meanwhile, Kartik’s mother also accused the officials of torturing and killing her son.
“They tortured my child and killed him. They tortured my domestic help for evidence. The entire vigilance bureau and the DSP are under the pressure from the chief minister. This is the way they are killing people,” said the mother of Kartik Popli as quoted by news agency ANI. The IAS officer’s wife further alleged that the vigilance officials also pressured them to give false statements.
However, the police denied all the allegations. As per Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Chahal, the boy allegedly shot himself in the head with his father’s licensed pistol. “The vigilance team had arrived (at IAS Sanjay Popli’s house) for an enquiry and heard a gunshot. After verification, they realised that his son had shot himself with his licensed gun. He was taken to a hospital,” reported ANI quoting Chala as saying.
Popli was arrested on June 20 for allegedly demanding Rs seven lakhs for clearance of tenders for laying a sewerage pipeline in the Nawanshahr district of Punjab. On Saturday, the vigilance team raided the IAS officer’s house. In the raid, they recovered over 12 kg of gold among other items.
As per the department, it also recovered three kilograms of silver, four Apple iPhones, one Samsung fold phone and two Samsung smartwatches from the storeroom of Popli’s house in Sector 11 of Chandigarh.
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