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Punishment awarded to guilty in Pilibhit encounter too less: Dr Gandhi

Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi has termed the punishment awarded to guilty policemen in Pilibhit fake encounter case as “too little and too late.”

punjab Updated: Apr 05, 2016 19:19 IST
HT Correspondent
Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi
Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi (HT File Photo)

Patiala MP Dr Dharamvira Gandhi has termed the punishment awarded to guilty policemen in Pilibhit fake encounter case as “too little and too late.”

A special CBI court on Monday awarded life term to 47 policemen for killing 11 Sikh pilgrims in a fake encounter in 1991.

“This highly despicable act should have invited exemplary punishment. Since such acts have the backing of the state and the system, these assume more sinister proportion than other heinous crimes,” said Dr Gandhi on Tuesday.

“It has become a political pastime for many to condemn terrorism, but when it comes to flaying the instances of state terrorism, people prefer to keep mum. Such acts (state terrorism) carry more disastrous consequences for human rights and democracy; as these are is shielded by constitutional and legal protections. Such acts should be confronted with even more indignation and contempt.” He added.

He asked people to raise a forceful voice against acts of state terrorism and unravel “fake encounters and other killings perpetrated in Punjab under various regimes of the Congress and the Akali Dal.”