Punjab Police have failed to identify miscreants responsible for destruction of public and private properties in 30 cases in which untraced reports were presented in the courts with regard to the violence of May 2009 in Jalandhar and other districts following the attack on Sant Rama Nand in Vienna in Austria.
The information was submitted by Lok Nath Angra, deputy inspector general of police, Jalandhar range, before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by a non-governmental organisation, General Samaj Manch.
The division bench, comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, was informed by the petititioner's counsel Hitesh Kaplish that the state authorities had failed to even provide staff and other facilities to the claims commission.
Earlier on June 11, the state government on the high court's directions had appointed former chief justice of the Kerala high court VK Bali as head of the claims commission. Former Punjab district and sessions judge CR Goel was appointed as accessor-cum-registrar to estimate the damages because of the accidents of violence from May 24 to 26, 2009.
On this, the bench directed the state authorities to submit the detailed report before the court on the next date of hearing and to provide the necessary staff and other facilities to the claims commission within a month.
In his affidavit, Angra submitted that complying with the high court's directions, all case files in which untraced report were filed, were examined afresh to identify culprits with the help of the media and the general public, but the identity of the culprits could not be ascertained.
A total of nine superintendents of police, 18 deputy superintendents of police, 20 station house officers and 11 special branch police personnel had been involved in carrying out investigations, it was submitted.
Public notices had also been issued in the print and electronic media to seek information from the general public, but to no use, it was stated.
A total of 75 cases were registered in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.
The case will come up for hearing on October 4.