Punjab govt hands over Kotkapura, Behbal Kalan firing incidents probe to CBI
In a significant embarrassment to serving and retired senior cops of Punjab police and administrative officers, the Punjab authorities on Monday determined at hand over the investigation of Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing incidents to the CBI. The choice was made after the primary a part of the Justice Ranjit Singh Fee report was acquired wherein some senior and junior stage state law enforcement officials have been discovered responsible of firing at harmless protestors in 2016.
Senior Punjab cops have been accused of lathi-charging and firing on the protesters after the notorious Bargari sacrilege incident.
“We’ve got acquired one a part of the Fee report wherein some serving and a few retired cops have been indicted. We will likely be handing over the probe to CBI to analyze the position of law enforcement officials. We are going to desk the report in the home when all 4 elements can be found,” Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh stated after studying the primary a part of the Fee report within the press convention.
“The choice has been taken to make sure an neutral and goal investigation after registering a case beneath IPC Part 307. The position of all of the law enforcement officials named by the Fee will likely be probed by the CBI and all paperwork associated to the incident will likely be handed over to the company. Very senior officers could possibly be concerned so it was felt that the matter was greatest investigated by the CBI,” the Punjab CM added.
Amarinder Singh stated the Fee has beneficial applicable motion in opposition to the then Sub-Divisional Justice of the Peace of Kotkapura and people police officers who, although not apparently responsible of any felony act, have been nonetheless seen to be liable for police motion. Plenty of law enforcement officials have been discovered responsible for failing to hold out correct and truthful investigations into the incidents of sacrilege and in instances which have been registered relating to the usage of power at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.
A number of law enforcement officials discovered responsible of firing
The Fee has, specifically, talked about the position of Inspector Pardip Singh, Sub-Inspector Arriarjit Singh, and Senior Superintendent of Police Bikramjit Singh and beneficial them to be named as accused within the FIR and their position is totally investigated. The position of gunman Charanjit Singh Sharma has additionally been cited on this context and the Fee has beneficial that his position, and that of Constable Shamsher Singh, Constable Harpreet Singh, Constable Gurpreet Singh and Constable Parminder Singh, as additionally of Inspector Harpal Singh SHO Ladowal, be totally investigated as they have been carrying assault rifles at Behbal Kalan.
There’s a advice to analyze the position of police commandoes for indiscriminate lathi-charge and inflicting harm to plenty of individuals, has additionally been beneficial to be investigated. This has not been completed until date.
The Chief Minister additionally introduced compensation and jobs for the victims and their households who have been killed and injured.
“The federal government has determined to reinforce the compensation quantity on the idea of the advice made by the Fee, whose report was legally examined by Advocate Basic Atul Nanda earlier than being thought of by the federal government,” Captain stated.
The federal government has, nevertheless, raised the compensation quantity for the households of the 2 deceased from Rs 75 lakh as beneficial by the Fee to Rs 1 crore every, whereas the compensation for the significantly injured S Beant Singh has been raised from Rs 35 lakh, as beneficial by the Fee, to Rs 50 lakh. A member of every of their households would even be provided a job within the authorities, stated the Chief Minister.
Additional, the compensation for S Ajit Singh, who has been incapacitated for all times, has been raised from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh. He may also be supplied an attendant and reimbursement of medical bills, the Chief Minister disclosed.
All different injured within the firing incidents can be given Rs 10 lakh every, Captain Amarinder introduced, including that the federal government had selected these measures as a part of its efforts to instil a way of justice in most of the people.
The CBI is already probing sure instances of sacrilege of Guru Granth which have been handed over to the central company by the state authorities earlier.
The Fee of Enquiry headed by Justice (Retd) Ranjit Singh had submitted its first (part-I) report on June 30, 2018. Although the complete report is awaited, the Authorities has determined to simply accept the suggestions made by the Fee up to now, stated Captain Amarinder.
The Chief Minister stated a particular session of the Home will likely be known as solely the federal government receives the complete report since motion taken report can’t be tabled on a partial report.
The whole report, working into 182 pages with hundreds of pages of proof, will likely be in 4 elements and all 4 can be tabled within the Home with the motion taken report, he stated.
The Captain Amarinder Singh authorities had arrange the Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh Fee in April final yr to analyze sacrilege incidents of Guru Granth Sahib and different non secular texts. The federal government had rejected the findings of the Zora Singh Fee arrange by Akali Dal authorities, saying its findings had been “inconclusive.”