September 18, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Gurdaspur/ Purana Shaala, Punjab (September 18, 2013): It is learnt that the panchayat of Village Gurian, Police station Purana Shaala (Gurdaspur) along with village residents and family members of Sukhjinder Singh have strongly contested the Punjab police’s claims regarding his arrest. The Gurdaspur police had claimed that Sukhjinder Singh was a member of so-called Khalistan Liberation Force and further that arms were recovered from him.
According to a news reported by a prominent Punjabi vernacular “Ajit” in it’s September 17, 2013 edition there is strong resentment among the resident of village Gurian against the registration of a false case against three Sikh youth by the district police while posing them as members of so-called Khalistan Liberation Force.
Village Sarpanch Guljeet Kaur, Panch Rattan Singh, Maluk Singh, Tarsem Masih, Manjit Kaur, Daljit Kaur, Sucha Singh (father of Sukhjinder Singh), Parmjeet Kaur (mother of Sukhjinder Singh) and the village resident jointly stated before media that Sukhjinder Singh was taken into custody by higher-police officers during night time while he was sleeping at his house. He was taken away by the police personal on motorcycle. It was only on the next day when the village panchayat, the resident and the family members came to know that police has posed Sukhjinder Singh as KLF militant and showed his arrest after planting some arms recoveries on him.
It is notable that Sukhjinder Singh is a close relative of Bhai Jaspal Singh Gurdaspur who was killed on 29 March, 2012 when the police had opened fire at a peaceful dharna that was being held by the Sikhs at Gurdaspur. The police had not issued any warning before opening direct fireing. Bhai Jaspal Singh was reportedly hit by a AK 47 bullet fired by a police personal and died.
The case related to Bhai Jaspal Singh’s killing is currently being heard by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that had summoned Punjab’s DGP and Principal Secretary for their failure to file replies in this case. Jaspal Singh’s family members what the CBI to make an inquiry in to this case. The family member of Sukhjinder Singh told media that they were being pressurized by the police to ask Jaspal Singh’s family with draw case from the high court. They said that Sukhjinder Singh was framed in this case by the Gurdaspur police under deep rooted conspiracy to pressurize the family and close relatives of Jaspal Singh to withdraw case from the High Court.