August 14, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar (August 12, 2010): Citing a few instances of stage-managed encounters by the Punjab Police during the militancy period in the state, the Majha Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front today urged the government to initiate action against those police officials who were involved in killing innocent Punjabi youths terming them as militants.
Nevertheless, officials were indicted in several cases by investigating agencies but after sham inquiries, they were allegedly awarded promotions and gallantry awards. It has been alleged that many of them are at present serving in the security convoy of the Chief Minister. However, several questions remained unanswered when kin of those who were killed in fake encounters narrated their tales here.
Dalbir Kaur, accompanied by her daughter Jeevanjot (16), alleged that in August 1994, her husband Sukhpal Singh of Kala Afghana village was abducted from his house and later killed by a police team led by an official, now a DIG-rank official. Later, it was shown that a notorious militant Gurnam Singh Bandala was killed. Likewise, Lakhbir Kaur alleged that her brother Kinder Singh of Nagoke village was a truck driver. He was pulled out of his truck in Madhya Pradesh by the police only to shot him dead while showing that militant Sukhpal Singh Nangli had been eliminated.
Col GS Sandhu (retd), chairman of the front, claimed that both Bandala and Nangli were alive. A former DGP-rank officer, who had allegedly patronised a militant, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, had admitted a few years ago that like him, about 300 police “cats” had been rehabilitated by the Punjab Police in the state by giving them new identities.
Sandhu alleged that the police used these “cats” to engage arms and ammunition, only to be later shown as being recovered from their “false prey”. Tarn Taran-based Chaman Lal said his son Gulshan Kumar, a vegetable vendor then, was killed on June 22, 1993. Darshan Singh’s two sons Jarnail Singh (24) and Karnail Singh (21) were shot dead by the police on July 22, 1993.
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