Probe panel awaits Faridkot SSP’s reply in Behbal Kalan police firing

  • Prabhjit Singh, HindustanTimes, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 14:58 IST

The Justice Zora Singh Commission of Inquiry probing the death of two youths in police firing at Behbal Kalan village in Faridkot is in a fix as it has not received any response despite having sent several reminders to the Faridkot senior superintendent of police (SSP) seeking a detailed report from him.

The commission had sought the report in the last week of October, seeking details such as names of senior police officials and the total number of cops present during the protest that was against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, leading to the death of two youths, on October 14 last year.

The other questions include the details of the firearms used and cartridges issued to the cops and whether any police firing took place at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan that day.

Justice Zora Singh confirmed that Faridkot SSP Sukhminder SinghMann was yet to respond to the panel’s reminders. “The report cannot be prepared on the basis of one-sided version, since such probe can never be credible,” he said.

The commission had sent the fourth reminders to the Faridkot SSP on January 12, 2016. It has now sought the information from the SSPs of Muktsar, Moga, Fazilka, Ludhiana, Ferozepur and Bathinda.

Won’t comment on issue: SSP

SSP Mann, when contacted, said he will not comment on the issue. “It is the matter is with the commission, and I won’t say anything,” he said. SSP Mann was present along with the then Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma at the Behbal Kalan protest.

No summoning of officials for now

The commission has so far no intention of summoning in person the senior police officials concerned as of now.

“We have first asked them to send us their affidavits and the detailed reports, so that we can cross-question them later,” Justice Singh said.

The commission has so far examined 19 witnesses, mainly comprising the constables injured in the clash with the protesters at Behbal Kalan. Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village and Krishan Bhagwan Singhof Behbal Khurd village had died in the alleged police firing.

The FIRs

The commission has the copies of five first information reports (FIRs) as the immediate evidential documents on the basis of which it has been seeking detailed report from the Faridkot SSP.

Two of the FIRs pertained to the Behbal Kalan police firing— one registered against the protesters on the day of the incident on October 14, but without the mention of the two deaths.

The second FIR was registered on October 21 in which the name of the suspended SSP Charanjit Sharma was included for “leading the police party”. The FIR was registered following an HT report titled “No FIR registered in police firing deaths” appeared the same day.

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