Punjab Police have told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the special investigation team (SIT) probing alleged 2015 fake encounter of Mukhjit Singh, alias Mukha, in Amritsar has recommended registration of a first information report (FIR) against eight police officials.
The SIT head and inspector general of police (crime) G Nageswara Rao has informed the court that director general of police had approved the report of the SIT and was sent to commissioner of police, Amritsar, for action.
The SIT had recommended registration of an FIR under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against sub-inspector Ramesh Kumar, assistant sub-inspector Joginder Singh, head constables Ranbir Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Jasbir Singh, constables Navjot Singh and Satwinderjit Singh.
The court was told that the SIT had also recommended departmental action against constable Love Kumar for giving his official AK-47 assault rifle to Rajesh Kumar and one Baljit Singh for giving a Malkhana vehicle to head constable Kanwaljit Singh, used in the alleged fake encounter.
The report was filed in a petition filed by Mukha’s wife Harjeet Kaur seeking `50 lakh compensation and action against the police officials involved in encounter.
The high court had issued notice to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal among others on the petition filed in February 2016.
Mukha, a Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader, was killed in the alleged fake encounter on July 16, 2015 evening near the Verka area in Amritsar. Police had fired at a vehicle in which Singh was travelling.
He sustained 23 bullet injuries and later succumbed to it. The matter would now come up for hearing in the high court on September 14.