January 17, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: It was on 14th October 2015 when two Sikhs were killed by the Punjab Police at village Behbal Kalan near Kotkapura, both of them along with other villagers were participating a sit-in demonstration against the incident of Beadbi (sacrilege) of Guru Granth Sahib Ji at Bargari village and failure of the administration to nab the culprits. The Punjab Police had opened unprovoked fire at unarmed civilian population who were sitting on a link road.
The Punjab government has formed two seperate inquiry commissions and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in this matter but the culprit police official remains ‘unidentified’ in the case files even after more then two years of that fateful incidence.
A report published in a Hindi vernacular on Wednesday (January 17th 2018) hints at a deeper conspiracy working behind the scene to protect the guilty police officials.
The front page report by ‘Dainik Bhaskar’ notes that the primary evidence in the case i.e the bullets recovered from the body of slain Sikhs have been tempered.
Whilst referring to the test report of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) the media report notes that the CFSL was able to determine that the bullets were fired from Self Loading Rifle (SLRs) but when it came to matching the particular weapon used in the crime the CFSL failed to do so. CFSL has noted in its report that the bullets have been badly tempered with.
Furthermore, the report notes that there was no mention of tempering in the ballistic report of Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory (PFSL). The PFSL simply maintained that the bullets did not match with the particular weapon submitted for the ballistic test, thus it tends to give clean chit to the Punjab Police officials in question, notes Dainik Bhaskar in its report.
Notably, Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh of Niamiwala village and Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village were killed in aforementioned Behbal Kalan firing. Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh’s brother Resham Singh had filed a complaint against the Punjab police in Faridkot district court on 8th February 2017.
In his complaint Resham Singh had named IG Paramraj Umaranagal, Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma, SP Faridkot Bikaramjit Singh, Bajakhana SHO Amarjit Singh Kular responsible for the firing incident. The court then asked both the Punjab government and state police to file status report in this case on 29th November 2017.
However, the status report filed by the police on 29th November 2017 termed the culprit police officials as ‘unidentified’. Expressing dissatisfaction over the status report so filed, the court directed the police to file fresh status report inclusive of name of the culprit police officials on January 29th 2018.