October 15, 2015 | By Parmjeet Singh
Kotkapura/ Faridkot: Kotkapura police has registered an FIR (number 192, dated 14 Oct. 2015) against Sikh preachers and the Sikh sangat in relation to yesterdays Kotkapura incident. A copy of the FIR is available with the Sikh Siyasat News.
Who are booked by the police:
The FIR is registered by name against Bhai Panth Preet Singh, Amrik Singh Ajnala, Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, Rajinder Singh Manjhi, Sarabjit Singh Dhunda, Giani Kewal Singh, Satnam Singh Chanddar, Avtar Singh Sadhanwala, Daler Singh Kheri, Interjit Singh Mansa, Sukhjit Singh Khosa, Sukhwinder Singh Mauju Khera, Harjit Singh Dhapali, Gursewak Singh Ramgarh Bhundar and Gurpreet Singh Dhadrian. Besides this the police has listed un-named/ unknown Sikhs as accused in this FIR.
What are the charges:
The FIR is registered on the complaint of Kotkapura city Police station SHO Gurdeep Singh under section 307 (attempt to Murder), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 333 (Voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 382 (Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft), 435 (Mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 283 (Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (Unlawful Assembly) of Indian Penal Code, u/s 25, 54, 59 of Arms Act and u/s 3 and 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public property Act 1984.
Police of 7 Districts was deployed at Dharna spot:
The FIR reveals that the police force of Kotkapura, Faridkot, Bathidna, Mansa, Mukatsar, Firozepur and Fazilka was deployed at Battian Wala Chowk, Kotkapura where the Sikh sangat was staging a protest sit-in since October 12, 2015 demanding arrest of persons responsible for sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village.
What FIR Alleges:
FIR says that the protesters were causing inconvenience to flow of traffic. It further states that meetings were held to convince Sikh leaders to lift the sit-in protest and let the traffic flow. It says that when demonstrator did not agree to lift the demonstration they were issued waring from loud speaker.
FIR lists Injured Police personnel and Damaged police vehicles:
The complainant, who officer in-charge of Kotkapura police station, has alleged in FIR that upon hearing the warning demonstrators started throwing stones on police. The FIR lists names of police personnel injured during the incident. The complainant police officer has alleged that Ins. Bhalla Singh, HC Rachhpal Singh, HC Ram Lal, Const. Nirmal Rai, HC Sukhjinder Singh, ASI Angrej Singh, Const. Ashwani Kumar, HC Lakhvir Singh, HC Surinder Kumar, HC Shavinderpal Singh, HC Major Singh, Const. Kulwinder Singh, PHG Vajir Chand, HC Vikas Sharma, HC Sukhdev Sharma, ASI Rajit Singh, Const. Parvin Kumar, ASI Gurmel SIngh and Const. Avtar Singh were injured by stones thrown by the demonstrators.
FIR also lists numbers of police vehicles damaged in this incident. FIR accuses demonstrators for violating the peace and says that lathicharge, shot of teargas and water canon was used allegedly as last resort.
FIR Alleges Snatching and use of SLR:
The FIR also says that a SLR was allegedly snatched from HC Rachhpal Singh by demonstrators. The police officer has alleged in FIR that the demonstrators fired at the police from allegedly snatched SLR and other weapons.
No mention of Sikhs injured in Police Action:
There is no mention of Sikhs injured in police lathi-charge, tear-gas firing, use of water-canon and gun fires by the police.
No mention that police deliberately caused damage to Sikhs’ vehicles:
There is no mention in the FIR that the police personnel deliberately damaged vehicles belonging the Sikh preachers, Kar Sewa and the Sikh sangat. Notable police personnel damaging vehicles of the Sikh preachers and the Sikh sangat were caught on camera of some TV channel (footage available with the Sikh Siyasat News).
Eyewitnesses rebut police accusations:
Eyewitnesses and victims of Oct. 14 police action have rebutted police accusations levelled in the FIR. They say that the situation was deliberately provoked by the police that unleashed repressive tactics against peacefully demonstrating Sikhs.
Where is Bhai Panth Preet Singh & Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrain:
Sources told Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that Bhai Panth Preet Singh and Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrian, who were arrested by the police on Oct. 14 form Kotkapura dharna site, are currently confined at CIA staff Faridkot.
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