September 29, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
SAS Nagar/ Mohali: In another case of fake encounter killings in Punjab, the Special CBI court of Additional Session Judge Harjeet Singh convicted two former Punjab police personnel.
As per initial information obtained by the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) former DSP Narinder Singh Malhi and SI Gian Singh were convicted in a 1992 fake encounter case and were awarded imprisonment for life.
Notably, a CBI court of Mohali Additional Sessions Judge Nirbhau Singh Gill had sentenced two former cops in a case related to the killing a 14 years of Sikh boy in a fake encounter in 1992.
It may be recalled that these are few cases of fake encounter killings in Punjab that have went to trail after about two decades. Majority of the cases remains unregistered and un-investigated.
More details and copy of judgement were awaited at the time of writing this news.
It is notable that Indian security forces, including Punjab police, were indulged in wide-spread and systematic human rights abuses in 1980s-90s. Enforced disappearances, custodial torture and death, fake encounters were common policing practice during that period.
Jaswant Singh Khalra, a human rights activist had unearthed a wide-spread practice of systematic extra-judicial killings and secret cremations of innocent Sikhs, including youth as well as aged men and women. Jaswant Singh Khalra had presented documentary evidence, cremation ground record, to establish the fact that the security forces were killing Sikhs in fake encounters and their dead bodies were being secretly cremated as ‘unidentified/ unclaimed dead bodies’. Jaswant Singh Khalra had to lay his life for unearthing these abuses as he was also subjected to enforced disappearance and was killed secretly by the Punjab cops.
The Supreme Court of India (SCI) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India have recognized the fact that at least 2097 extra-judicially killed Sikhs were cremated in three cremation grounds – Durgyana Mandir, Tarn Taran and Patti. Near kin of victims were granted some compensation in these cases but the guilty cops were not proceeded against.
Except some specific cases, the human rights abuses in Punjab largely remain uninvestigated and the culprits are enjoying powerful positions, which is evident from the fact that Punjab police chief himself is facing serious charges of human rights violations – including murder of innocent persons.