Two weeks on, SIT report awaited in Akali leader's death in police encounter

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2015 08:43 IST

Even as two weeks have passed since local Akali leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha was killed in police encounter on the outskirts of the city, the special investigating team (SIT) is yet to submit its report in the case.

The SIT, headed by inspector general (IG crime) Nageshwar Rao, had landed in the city on June 17, a day after the encounter and has gone into the details of the case during the course of investigation.

In its defence, the Amritsar police had claimed that it had specific information about a gangster named Jaggu on June 16 and when it spotted a similar car that Jaggu was driving, the cops signaled to stop it. But the car occupant did not stop and opened fire on the police team, the police claimed.

While chasing the car, the police opened retaliatory fire, resulting in the death of the vehicle occupant, they further said.

The police said they were shocked to see the car occupant was not Jaggu but Mukhjit Singh, an Akali leader from Verka, where the encounter took place.

The incident had brought in severe criticism for the Amritsar police and the state government had immediately formed a three-member SIT to probe the matter.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had demanded a registration of case against the policemen but assuring a fair probe deputy chief minister had ordered the transfer of nine cops out of district.

In the past two weeks, the SIT has visited the crime scene several times besides looking into the footage of a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed outside a factory near the spot, it has been learnt.

Various items collected from the car in which the Akali leader was travelling have been sent to the state forensic laboratory. The SIT was struggling to find an eyewitness in the case and had made an appeal to people to come forward if they had seen anything.

Amritsar police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh said, "The SIT is conducting the entire investigation and the city police have no role in this. Since various contents are sent to forensic labs, it takes time to prepare the reports."

District SAD (urban) president Upkar Singh Sandhu, who had been demanding a fair probe in the case, said, "The report should be submitted immediately so that facts are known to everyone. We have met the deputy chief minister few days back and it is learnt that the report will be submitted by SIT shortly."

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