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Shiv Sena leader ran parallel government
|LUDHIANA: Shiv Sena leader Jagdish Tangri, who surrendered before SP (City I) Harish Kumar here on Saturday night, has been sent to two-day police remand by the duty magistrate.
It became difficult for the local police to produce Tangri in the court on Sunday as Shiv Sena activists surrounded the court building in large numbers. Despite over 40 policemen posted outside the court, Tangri was not brought to the court and was instead taken to the residence of duty magistrate, where he was remanded to police custody.
Kumar said that the police had demanded a police remand to make recovery of weapons, which Tangri allegedly possesses. After his arrest on Saturday, Tangri admitted to running a parallel government, court and police station in the city.
‘‘He has admitted that he used to torture people and make video cassettes of these incidents,’’ Kumar stated. Tangri, who was living in Delhi and Chandigarh for the past couple of weeks, denied having met his son ever since he ran away from house to evade arrest. His son, Sunil Tangri, is still missing.
Raids were conducted at his in-laws’ residence in Amritsar on Saturday night.
Tangri admitted to the police that he did not let the sales tax and income-tax officials enter the Gur Mandi premises.
He said he had taken an illegal connection from a Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) line and used to further distribute this power to shops after charging a fee. Tangri accepted that he had encroached the land belonging to a temple, where he built and rented out 135 shops for Rs 2,000 per month.
Kumar said Tangri admitted that receipts of Rs 21,000 or more were cut in the name of temple, whenever a dispute was settled in the ‘‘court’’.
He denied knowing what was done with this money and said that his son handled that part of the business. Rakesh, popularly known as Jaali Tangri, supported his son in this venture. Tangri said that he was aware of it going on in the premises, but he did not indulge in it himself.
(Times News Network, 22 July) q
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