Faridkot court accepts SIT’s plea, accused cop turns approver in Behbal Kalan firing case
Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village and Krishan Bhagwan Singh of Niamiwala village were killed in police firing on October 14, 2015, while protesting against the desecration of the Guru Granth SahibUpdated: Sep 15, 2020 19:51 IST
Faridkot A policeman, who is one of the prime accused in the 2015 Behbal Kalan police firing incident, has turned an approver in the case. On Tuesday, the court of district and sessions judge Summeet Malhotra in Faridkot allowed the special investigation team’s (SIT) application seeking pardon to inspector Pardeep, the then reader to former Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) Charanjit Singh Sharma, to make him approver.
Last week, SIT member IGP Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh had told the court that the then DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and suspended IGP Paramraj Singh Umranangal were main conspirators in the Behbal Kalan firing episode.
District attorney Rajnish Goyal said the court had allowed the application moved by SIT under Section 306 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). “On August 25, Pardeep requested to be made an approver, as he is willing to disclose full and true facts. We argued that the disclosure by the Pardeep would unfold the genesis of the crime, which would be helpful in the success of the case against the main accused,” Goyal said.
The court order states that Pardeep had recorded a statement before the duty magistrate on September 3. “The sealed envelope was opened in court on September 10 and a copy was supplied to the SIT to seek assistance, so as to find out whether the accused is disclosing full and true disclosure of the whole of the circumstances...as envisaged under Section 306 of the CrPC, one of the SIT members, IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, have expressed satisfaction regarding the disclosure,” the court stated.
“Such kind of offence is generally committed in complete secrecy and as such it is very hard to prove the offence, especially due to lack of appropriate evidence. In these circumstances, that the grant of pardon to an accused, who participated in the crime and also privy to all necessary information and evidence becomes necessary to bring home the guilt of the main accused,” the court added.
“The request of the prosecution is accepted and the accused inspector is granted pardon, subject to the condition that he will disclose true and correct facts in the court, while deposing as prosecution witness. If at any subsequent stage, it is found that Pardeep has not deposed about true and correct facts and violated the conditions of grant of pardon, he shall be tried again as an accused,” the order added.
Gurjeet Singh of Sarawan village and Krishan Bhagwan Singh of Niamiwala village were killed in police firing on October 14, 2015, while protesting against the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib. Many were seriously injured.
Besides Pardeep, the SIT had named former Moga SSP Sharma, SP Bikramjit Singh, former Bajakhana SHO Amarjit Singh Kular, Faridkot-based lawyer Sohail Singh Brar and Moga-based car dealer Pankal Bansal as accused.