Patiala Jail Superintendent Jaspal was also jailed on Murder charges

The VIP treatment accorded to IPS officer Paramraj Singh Umranangal in the Patiala Central Jail has reaffirmed that all prisoners are equal but some are more equal than others. The Punjab government has duly suspended Jail Superintendent Jaspal Singh, but it is imperative to fix the accountability of officials at various levels in different departments. Umranangal, who has served as SSP and IG in Patiala, was recently arrested in connection with the police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district in October 2015.Back in April 2012, when the SAD-BJP alliance was at the helm, Akali leader Bibi Jagir Kaur had allegedly received preferential treatment in the Kapurthala Modern Jail. It was reported that cops and jail employees had even touched her feet. After the initial hullabaloo, the controversy faded into oblivion. Such misconduct should never go unpunished, no matter which party is in power.

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