October 2, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Ludhiana: In what could be viewed as a strong rebuttal of accused cops claim that Harvinder Singh and Jatinder Singh were killed in self-defense as one of the them had snatched an AK-47 from a home guard, the autopsy report shows that the two youth were shot in the head from close range.
The post-mortem report prepared by a board of three doctors — Jasbir Kaur, Suresh Kaushal and Seema Chopra — shows that the duo was shot from a distance of less than six feet.
The autopsy report says two shots were fired at Jatinder Singh, while his elder brother Harinder Singh received three bullets. In Jatinder’s case, a bullet pierced through his skull and got stuck in the neck. The second shot hit the finger of his right hand.
Harinder Singh, too, was shot in the head. The bullet pierced through his right side and came out from the left. The second bullet hit his right arm and the third pierced his abdomen and got stuck in the liver.
The Tribune journalist Mohit Khanna has pointed to the fact that home guard were not allowed to carry an automatic weapon (AK-47), where as the accused cops say that home guard Baldev singh was carrying an AK-47 rifle. Questions are also being raised why home guard Baldev Singh, who was part of the raiding party, was carrying an automatic weapon (AK-47) when he was not authorised to do so?
DIG (Ludhiana Range) GS Dhillon said: “It’s a serious negligence on the part of Machhiwara SHO if he has allowed a home guard to carry an automatic weapon. I have clearly told all SHOs under my jurisdiction to not allow home guard jawans to carry such weapons.”
“The cops could have fired at their legs, but they shot them in their head. This clearly shows the intention to kill,” The Tribune quotes a police officer who reportedly pleaded anonymity.
ADCP- III Satvir Singh Atwal said five shots were fired from the .32 pistol of SAD (Badal) leader Gurjeet Singh and no other weapon was used. The police party was carrying one AK- 47 and a service revolver, said Atwal.
Ludhiana Police Commissioner Pramod Ban visited the Ahluwalia colony to recreate the crime scene. The forensic team visited the house to collect fingerprints and blood samples.
The accused, including SAD (Badal) leader Gurjeet Singh, Constable Yadwinder Singh, home guard jawans Baldev Singh and Ajit Singh were produced in the court on Wednesday (Oct. 01).
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