Faridkot firing: Zora panel wants action against cops

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2016 16:23 IST
Justice Zora Singh (retired) (HT Photo)

A judicial commission headed by justice Zora Singh (retired) to probe a 2015 incident of alleged sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot district has held Punjab Police officials guilty of unprovoked firing on “peaceful” protesters at Behbal Kalan village that led to the death of two persons.

Justice Zora Singh submitted his report in the Punjab chief secretary’s office here on Thursday evening. The commission recommended action against officials who ordered the firing and an aid of Rs 25 lakh each to the family of killed protesters and Rs 10 lakh each to the two injured. The commission also wants the government give job to a family member of the killed protesters.

The panel has asked the government to take action against the cops within six months. The commission examined over 200 witnesses.

Former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Charanjit Sharma, who was present at Behbal Kalan when police opened fire on the mob, was suspended by the government after the incident.

The 51-page report was handed over to protocol officer Rajiv Prashar in a sealed cover. “I have been informed that the report has been submitted. I am yet to see it,” said Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal.

The commission was set up in October 2015 after two persons, protesting against sacrilege incidents, were killed in police firing at Behbal Kalan.

The commission was also tasked to inquire into the theft of a “bir” of the holy book at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in June last year and recovery of torn pages of another “bir” at nearby Bargari village.

A “people’s commission” set up by a joint front of human rights organisations under justice Markandeya Katju (retd) submitted its report in March this year and blamed over half-a-dozen policemen for “excessive use of force on innocent people.”

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