Faux encounter: ‘Justice lastly, proved they weren’t terrorists’ : The Tribune India
Amritsar, August 25
The members of the family of three individuals, who have been gunned down in a faux encounter 30 years in the past, expressed satisfaction over the sentence awarded to 2 former cops by the CBI court docket at Mohali on Thursday. The victims belonged to the Mehta space right here.
The court docket had sentenced them to life imprisonment, apart from awarding a complete of Rs 1 lakh compensation to the kin of every of the victims.
“Lastly, it has been proved that our kin weren’t terrorists as branded by the cops at the moment. They have been harmless. Our households needed to combat an extended battle for this second,” they stated.
“We’re happy with the court docket’s determination. After 30 years of delay, my brother lastly received justice,” stated Sartaz Singh, a resident of Palla village in Mehta and brother of Sahib Singh, who was killed within the stage-managed encounter.
“We hope that it’s going to act as deterrent and no cop will take pleasure in such acts that destroy the lives of harmless individuals and their households in future,” stated Shamsher Singh of Chung village in Mehta. His brother Balwinder Singh was among the many three youths who have been shot by the cops within the faux encounter.
He stated his grandparents and father died awaiting justice. He stated even after the killing of my brother and branded him as terrorist, the police used to harass their household on one pretext or different in order that they don’t pursue the case.
On August 12, the CBI court docket at Mohali convicted the then SI, Tarsem Lal, posted then at CIA Majitha in Amritsar district, and former Inspector Kishan Singh, who was extra SHO at the moment. The then SHO, Mehta Rajinder Singh, died throughout trial.
In line with the main points, in September 1992, the Punjab Police claimed to have killed 4 militants having tons of of legal instances, together with homicide and kidnapping, towards them.
That they had claimed that three individuals — Sahib Singh, Dalbir Singh and Balwinder Singh — have been in police remand in reference to the homicide of 1 Bachan Singh of Udoke Kalan village. They have been arrested from Madhya Pradesh together with two others.
The police claimed that the trio was killed in cross-firing when a terrorist tried to launch them in Dhar Deo the place they have been going to get better arms and ammunition on their disclosure assertion a day earlier than the incident.
It was claimed that Sahib was Lt Basic of the Khalistan Armed Drive (KAF). Nonetheless, the police did not show even a single case towards them through the trial.
Sarabjit Singh Verka, a member of NGO Punjab Human Rights Organisation, stated the victims have been cremated as unclaimed. He stated the households weren’t even given demise certificates of the victims. He stated the Punjab Authorities ought to represent a fee to probe all killings whether or not by police or by terrorists throughout militancy days in Punjab to unearth the reality.
Victims belonged to Mehta space
- Three individuals — Sahib Singh, Dalbir Singh, Balwinder Singh — together with an unidentified particular person have been killed within the faux encounter
- The 4 have been killed on September 13, 1992, in Dhar-Deo village beneath the Mehta police station by a police social gathering
- The our bodies of all 4 have been illegally cremated at Durgiana Cremation Floor as unclaimed. The victims belonged to Mehta space in Amritsar
We’re Happy with court docket’s determination
We’re happy with the court docket’s determination. After 30 years of delay, my brother lastly received justice. — Sartaz Singh, brother of Sahib Singh, who
Was killed in stage-managed encounter
We hope that it’s going to act as deterrent and no cop will take pleasure in such acts that destroy the lives of harmless individuals and their households in future. — Shamsher Singh, brother of Balwinder Singh