September 28, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana, Punjab: In an incident that appears to be in clear violations of guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India few days back, the Khanna police gunned down two young brothers in a ‘police encounter’ in Jamalpur area of Ludhiana.
A Khanna police team reportedly killed down two brothers – Harinder Singh (25) and Jatinder Singh (24), a house in Jamalpur area on the Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana at around 9 am on Sept. 27. The police party also included some ‘private armed persons’.
As per police the victims, who were real brothers aged in their early twenties, were wanted in an attempt to murder case. Four persons including three policemen are booked in the case registered under section 302/34 for killing Harinder and Jatinder.
The deceased were residents of Bhuapur village near Machhiwara.
A police party led by Machhiwara Station House Officer Manjinder Singh yesterday raided ahouse in Ahluwalia Colony in Jamalpur area. The brothers were residing along with three other youths in a rented accommodation for the last two months.
Gurjeet Singh, husband of the sarpanch of Bhuapur village, accompanied the police. An eyewitness said the policemen entered the building by scaling the wall of a neighbouring house. The youths reportedly tried to escape after finding the police at their door.
Police officials differed in their version of the sequence of events leading to the killing of the brothers.
Gurinder Singh Dhillon, Deputy Inspector General, Ludhiana Range, said, “The boys tried to snatch an AK-47 rifle from a policeman. At this, Gurjeet Singh fired thrice from his licensed pistol at Jatinder and Harinder. The brothers received five bullets and were killed on the spot”.
Dhillon said Gurjeet was accompanying the police to identify the brothers.
Pramod Ban, Commissioner of Police, however, had a different story to tell: “Preliminary investigations suggest Gurjeet only injured the boys while opening fire in the defence of the policemen. When the police left the house, some unidentified person killed the duo. The case is under investigation.”
Two of the other three youths at home were arrested by the police while one of them managed to escape.
The brothers were facing a case of attempt to murder in which victim Harnam Sikandar Singh alleged that they had attacked him with a sharp-edged weapon during a fair at Takhran village.
As per media reports the police officials changed the story several times till the evening. Finally, a case of murder was registered against Gurjeet Singh and three policemen. The Station House Officer who led the raid has been sent to the Police Lines.
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