The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking protection of life by suspended sub-inspector Surjit Singh of the police lines, Tarn Taran, who had confessed to indulging in the killings of many innocents in fake encounters during the period of militancy in Punjab.
He had sought protection for himself and his family members from Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) Paramjit Singh Gill, Tarn Taran senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rajjit Singh Hundal and other cops. He had alleged that when Gill was the SSP in Amritsar in the 1990s, he (Gill) was instrumental in many fake encounters in which the petitioner had also taken part.
During the arguments in the case, the court headed by justice Sabina asked the petitioner's counsel as to why the petitioner did not approach his senior police officers for security. To this, advocate RS Bains submitted that when the petitioner approached the Tarn Taran SSP, he was beaten up openly.
The court then asked as to what stopped the petitioner from approaching the state director general of police (DGP), to which Bains responded that the DGP was himself involved in such encounters and thus there were no chances of getting relief. Bains argued that the petitioner had confessed to his involvement in fake encounters and was willing to become an approver in case an inquiry was ordered in the case so as to bring out the truth. But the court refused to grant relief to the petitioner and dismissed the petition.