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Enforced Disappearance of Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaonke- PIL seeks independent probe

April 13, 2011 | By

Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke - no whereabouts since 20 December, 1992 when he was picked up by the Police Force)

Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kaunke - no whereabouts since 20 December, 1992 when he was picked up by the Police Force)

Chandigarh, PUNJAB (April 12, 2011): Nearly two decades after enforced disappearance of Akal Takht’s former Jathedar Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke a Public Interest Litigation seeks an independent inquiry into the incident.

The petition filed by Former MP Simranjeet Singh Mann, President of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) is expected to be placed for hearing before the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi after the high court opens following a week-long break on April 18.

In the public interest litigation, Mann has claimed that “Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke was picked up by a police party headed by Gurmeet Sing of CIA Staff, Jagraon, on December 20, 1992, and his whereabouts are not knows since then. A warrant officer was also appointed by the high court on a petition filed by his wife. The warrant officer raided police station CIA Staff Jagraon, but could not find the Jathedar”.

In the petition filed through counsel Ranjan Lakhanpal, Mann added Parkash Singh Badal, the then Chief Minister, ordered a probe on July 6, 1998, after a hue and cry was raised. The probe was to conducted by IPS officer BP Tiwari.

“After holding thorough inquiry, the ADGP had come to the conclusion that on December 23, 1992, then inspector Gurmit Singh, SHO Jagraon, and now DSP Amloh, arrested Kaunke from his house, and the former Jathedar never come back”.

Mann further stated that instead of taking action, “every effort was made to undo the same”. Two other enquiries were ordering by the government to exonerate the culprits and to show that Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke had escaped from the police custody by breaking the belt of constable Tarsem Singh. The fact, remains that Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke has not been found till date”.

Mann added: “It is apparent that Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke was kept in illegal custody and is missing since then. Justice demands that an independent inquiry be ordered in whole matter”.

“The main law point involved in the petition is whether an independent inquiry is liable to be ordered into the fake encounter of Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke; and whether the extra judicial killing can be allowed where rule of law exits,” the petition read.

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