Father seeks CBI probe, AAP wants Sukhbir’s resignation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 10:56 IST

The father of the two men killed in an alleged fake encounter by policemen at Jamalpur in Ludhiana has sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), even as the Aam Admi Party (AAP) also on Saturday demanded resignation of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and dismissal of former Khanna SSP Harsh Kumar Bansal from service for their “failure to protect the lives of Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh”.

The brothers were killed by a team of cops on the morning of September 27.

Addressing a press conference here, AAP’s Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said Sukhbir being the minister for home affairs and justice “should step down immediately owning moral responsibility for the cold-blooded murder of the two brothers”.

“The police first tried to cover up the incident by projecting it to be a successful mission of eliminating ‘bad elements’. However, when the residents of Jamalpur and Bohpur protested, it came to light that the brothers were killed in a fake encounter. Bansal has also been found wanting in his duty in the preliminary report by senior police officials; hence he should be immediately dismissed from service,” said Chhotepur, who added that the incident appeared to be “a result of sheer political rivalry. “

Both Harinder and Jatinder actively campaigned for AAP’s Fatehgarh Sahib candidate Harinder Singh Khalsa in the Lok Sabha polls. They were polling agents of AAP and managed to secure a lead of 270 votes from their native Bohpur village for Khalsa, who was the eventual winner. Currently under arrest, Akali worker Gurjit Singh, husband of the Bohpur sarpanch, “could not tolerate this and was nursing a grudge against the brothers,” said Chhotepur.

Satpal Singh, father of deceased, who was also present at the press conference, said he had no faith in the ongoing police probe and apprehended that “the truth will be suppressed under political pressure”. He said, “I want the CBI to probe the entire incident. A DIG told me that the pistol with which my sons were killed was actually registered in the name of our village sarpanch, Rajwinder Kaur, whose husband Gurjit led the police team to Jamalpur on that day and is the prime suspect.”

AAP’s organising committee member Manjit Singh said a four-member team comprising him, Harjit Singh, Vikram Singh and Loveneet Thakur had visited the scene of the crime and the native village of the deceased, “and found that both brothers enjoyed a good reputation and rather dissuaded a lot of youngsters from taking to drugs as they were themselves kabbadi players”. “We will take the matter to both the National Human Rights Commissions and the National SC/ST Commission,” he added.

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