A resident of Tarn Taran district, who, along with his father, had been “killed” during the militancy era, as per Punjab Police records, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court, apprehending that he may be killed in a fake encounter or implicated in a false case by the police. During resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the police agreed to all contentions made by petitioner Dilbagh Singh in his plea on the basis of recorded statements of Pandori Ramana village panchayat members.
However, appearing for the petitioner, advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal asked the police to inform the court who were the two persons they claimed to have killed. The petitioner submitted that his grandfather, Mohinder Singh, was killed on May 16, 1993, in police custody.
At that time, the petitioner was 13-years-old; thereafter, he went to work in Maharashtra as a truck cleaner as the family apprehended that they would be implicated in false cases or killed.
He further submitted that his maternal grandfather, Anokh Singh, the latter’s sons Shangara Singh and Darbara Singh, Anokh Singh’s wife Joginder Kaur, one Sukhwant Kaur and Darbara Singh’s two minor children were shot dead by the police at Amrawati (Maharashtra) in 1994.
At that time, the petitioner was in Mumbai. However, the police in Punjab as well as Maharashtra declared before the media that the petitioner and his father, Kashmir Singh, were also killed by the police along with their relatives. It was submitted that about four months ago, the petitioner came to know that his father was alive, following which he returned to Punjab. The case would now come up for hearing on December 6.