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Beant case key witness alleges threat to life from police officers

chandigarh Updated: Jun 10, 2012 12:01 IST
Sanjeev Verma
Sanjeev Verma
Hindustan Times
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A key witness in the Beant Singh assassination case, Balwinder Singh, who now happens to be a Punjab Police constable, has approached the Punjab State Human Rights Commission, apprehending threat to his life from senior police officers.

His complaint will come up for hearing on Monday.

Balwinder alleged in his complaint that DIG (security) SS Basra had called him to his office and threatened to eliminate him. He said the state police were harassing him instead of honouring him for the stand he had taken in the case despite threats from terrorists.

Balwinder said the CBI had announced an award of Rs 10 lakh for him for providing vital information in the case, but till date he had been paid only Rs 30,000.

Balwinder claimed that the police were clueless in the case and it was on the basis of the vital information given by him to the Chandigarh police that those behind the blast were arrested.

Balwinder was a car mechanic in a garage in Sector 7, Chandigarh, from where the assassins had bought the Ambassador car used in the attack. They had changed the colour of the car from grey to white a few days before executing their plan.

Former chief minister Beant Singh and 17 others were killed in a bomb blast at the Punjab civil secretariat in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.

The petitioner submitted that on May 5 when he was coming back from Himachal, his vehicle was stopped by Punjab police at Sulkhian toll plaza in Kurali and ADGP RP Singh ordered a search of the vehicle for opium.

Balwinder alleged that RP Singh used derogatory language against him saying that if he was under the impression that he was a minister, it would take him (ADGP) just two minutes to withdraw the security provided to the petitioner by the Punjab police.

Balwinder said that after he complained about the incident, Basra allegedly called him to his office and threatened to throw him in a canal after cutting him into pieces.