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Police taking no chances on Jaspal's death anniversary

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Gurdaspur, March 28, 2013
First Published: 20:59 IST(28/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:01 IST(28/3/2013)

The police have made elaborate security arrangements in Gurdaspur, especially in Chourh Sidhwan village, to prevent any untoward incident on the death anniversary of Jaspal Singh, an 18-year-old BTech first year student from Chourh Sidhwan who was killed in police firing during a bandh called by Hindu organisations here last year, on Friday.

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Jaspal was a student of Beant College of Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur. Another youth, Ranjit Singh of Pandher village, was seriously injured in the firing.

A day before the incident, radical Sikh organisations had held a protest rally in Gurdaspur seeking clemency for Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in the former CM Beant Singh assassination case. A complete bandh was observed in Gurdaspur that day, but Shiv Sena activists beat up three-four Sikh youths and removed their turbans during the bandh.

Sixteen persons, including Shiv Sena Gurdaspur unit head Harvinder Soni, were booked for the assault. The next day Hindu organisations called a bandh in Gurdaspur demanding cancellation of the FIR. Some members of radical Sikh organisations assembled at Gurdwara Ramgarhia on the Tibri road in Gurdaspur to stop Shiv Sena activists from forcing traders to shut their shops.

The police, who had cordoned off the gurdwara by forming a human chain around it, suddenly opened fire on Sikh youths.

Curfew was clamped in Gurdaspur after the incident. The then deputy commissioner, Mohinder Singh Kainth, and SSP Varinderpal Singh were immediately transferred and the government promised prompt action against the guilty policemen. But Jaspal's family members rued that no action had been taken so far. "Instead of taking action, the authorities soon reinstated the three police officials who had been transferred," they said.

SSP Rajjit Singh told Hindustan Times on Thursday that he had also called police personnel from neighbouring districts to maintain peace during the function organised on the occasion of Jaspal's first death anniversary. Representatives of radical Sikh organisations are also expected to attend the function.

The SSP said more than 2,000 cops had been deployed at police nakas in Gurdaspur and Chourh Sidhwan village, 7 km from here, since March 26 to prevent any untoward incident.

The police have made elaborate security arrangements in Gurdaspur, especially in Chourh Sidhwan village, to prevent any untoward incident on the death anniversary of Jaspal Singh, an 18-year-old BTech first year student from Chourh Sidhwan who was killed in police firing during a bandh called by Hindu organisations here last year, on Friday.

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