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Sukhpal Singh Fake Encounter 1994

1994 Fake Encounter case: No faith in police inquiry, says rights panel chairman

Chandigarh: The period of mid-1980s to mid-1990s was marred by wide-spread and systematic human rights abuses in Punjab. Custodial torture, extra-judicial killings, fake encounters and enforced disappearances had become common policing practice. In order to claim cash award, Punjab police fabricated the deaths of many Sikh militants by killing other persons while presenting the dead body to claim head money.

Sikh killed by cops in fake encounter 20 years ago, family still fights for justice

Batala/Gurdaspur, Punjab: Two decades after Gurdaspur resident Sukhpal Singh was eliminated by the Punjab Police in a fake encounter in 1994, his family says they will not give up their fight for justice. Sukhpal Singh’s widow Dalbir Kaur, his father Jagir Singh and son Jugraj Singh are living in penury. Fearing threat to their life, the family had to sell property at their ancestral village Kala Afgana (in Gurdaspur) and shift to Batala. However, the money was spent on a long legal battle and Dalbir Kaur’s illness.