August 18, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Faridkot: It has been almost two years since the Punjab police firing on the Sikhs protesting against the beadbi of Shri Guru Granth Sahib in Behbal Kalan village of Faridkot in October of 2015, the wounds of the incident may heal but the horror continues to haunt the psyche of the victims of the Punjab police brutality.
The victims reportedly narrated their feelings to Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), a former judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, on Thursday as he visited the village to probe the police action that had led to two men’s death and injuries to several.
As reported by the media sources a large number of villagers who were waiting for his arrival, gathered to get their respective statements recorded with the commission appointed in April this year by the Congress regime that had come to power in March. The new panel was formed as the report by the Zora Singh Commission appointed by the previous, Badal-BJP regime was deemed inconclusive by the new regime led by Amarinder Singh.
Justice Ranjit Singh (Rtd) settled at a local gurdwara to record statements of the aggrieved villagers, he encountered simmering aggression and anger, coupled with teary eyes. Around 30 villagers recorded their statements while a few submitted affidavits claiming that the peaceful protest was turned into a violent nightmare by the officials of the Punjab police.
“We were shocked how senior police officials led the firing. We were sitting and protesting peacefully. I was serving food to the protesters and even the cops were having food with us. In no time, hundreds of cops started beating us and resorted to lathicharge. They opened fire, claiming two innocent lives. The incident jolts me till date as I saw people in blood. I cannot move my left arm till date,” Gurdit Singh one of the victim was quoted saying by an English tabloid.
Furthermore, it is learned that victims even brought their vandalised vehicles as evidence, accusing the police of having set these on fire. “They were the monsters in khaki,” another victim Dilbag Singh reportedly said.
“Unfortunately those behind the atrocities are holding influential positions in the police. I hope this will be the final commission which will lead us to justice. While our families suffered physical and monetary loss, the officers who ordered the firing must not enjoy peaceful lives,” he adds to his statement.
Afterwards, the commission visited the gurdwara in Bargari village outside which torn angs of the Guru Granth Sahib were found on October 12, 2015. Whilst during his stay at gurdwara sahib Justice Ranjit Singh claimed that “the commission won’t even spare the SAD’s Badals — the then CM Parkash Singh Badal, and his son and deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal — if found connected with the case.”
Witnesses in the local court too had accused senior officers, including inspector general (IG) of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal, SSP Charanjit Sharma, SP Bikramjit Singh and SHO Amarjit Singh, of the firing, notes Hindustan Times (HT).
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