– “Reinstate IG Kanwar Vijay Partap Singh as SIT member,” Panthik leaders ask Chief Election Officer

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 21 April 2019. A delegation of Panthik leaders headed by Simranjit Singh Mann staged a peaceful sit-in-strike at Sector-17 of Chandigarh to protest against the removal of IG Kanwar Vijay Partap Singh from the Special Investigation Team appointed to crack the Kotkapura and Behbal Klan firing incidents.

The Panthik leaders, who were in large number, lodged a protest by showing black flags.

Later, these Panthik leaders submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Officer Dr. S. Karuna Raju seeking reinstatement of IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh as a SIT member.

Interacting with the media, Simranjit Singh Mann said that there is a sharp wrath among the Sikh masses against the removal of IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh from the SIT.

He added that the SIT was working in the right direction and it was about to make major breakthroughs with its honest working. “The Chief Election Officer has promised us to convey the demand of the Sikh community to his upper authorities,” he informed.

Bhai Dhian Singh Mand, Gopal Singh Sidhu, Paramjit Singh Saholi, Iqbal Singh Tiwana, Baba Mohan Singh, Gurnam Singh Sandhu, Ranjodh Singh, Ranjit Singh Santokhgarh, Fauja Singh etc. were present on this occasion. – SSP Charanjit Sharma challenges Justice Ranjit Singh’s report; High Court to hear petition today

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 September 2018. Two weeks after the presentation of Justice Ranjit Singh’s investigation report in the Punjab assembly, the former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma along with two other Policemen moved a petition against Justice Ranjit Singh’s investigation report.

Notably, SSP Charanjit Sharma was immediately suspended after the Kotkapura and Behbal Klan firing incidents in 2015.

Charanjit Sharma has claimed in the petition that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission violated the provisions of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952. He has accused the Commission of going against the evidences on record while making recommendations for their indictment.

The petition has been placed before the Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain of the High Court and will come up for a preliminary hearing today.

It may be recalled here that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission had recommended registration of criminal cases sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the Policemen responsible for opening an unprovoked firing on peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan in which two innocent Sikh youths had attained martyrdom.

Justice Ranjit Singh had stated in its report that the cops acted without warning and permission.

Last month, the Faridkot police had inducted the names of four police officers in the FIR registered on October 21, 2015 against unknown police cops for opening an unprovoked firing on the peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan.

Names of the four Policemen, who were inducted in the FIR are as follow:

PPS officer Charanjit Sharma (the then SSP of Moga Police District and now retired)
PPS officer Bikramjit Singh (the then SP (Detective) of Fazilka)
Senior Inspector Amarjit Singh
Inspector Pardip Singh – Police shot at Behbal Klan victims at point blank range, reveals Justice Ranjit Singh

By Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 August 2018. The initial reports about the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s investigation on Kotkapura and Behbal Klan firing incidents reveal that the Commission has held in the report that the martyred Sikh youths were shot at point blank range.

He has cited the medical reports of the dead bodies of martyred Sikh youths Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan.

Justice Ranjit Singh Commission has disclosed in the first part of its report that Dr Rajiv Joshi, who had conducted a post-mortem examination of the mortal remains of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh, told him that the victim appeared to be sitting and the assailant standing as the track of the firearm wound, evident from the location of the entry and exit points, was found going downwards.

“Recommending the registration of criminal cases against police officers for firing or accused of directing others to open fire, Justice Ranjit Singh is believed to have stated that the cops acted without warning, and permission.

Recommendations were also made for the initiation of appropriate action against police officers failing to carry out proper and fair investigation in the incidents of sacrilege and the cases entrusted to them regarding the use of force” notes The Tribune.

In its report, the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission could be observed jolted over no action against any Police cop despite the registration of an FIR on October 21, 2015. Notably, a SIT was supposed to supervise the investigation, but no progress was noticed till date.

Justice Ranjit Singh has made it clear in the report that the delay in action against the Police cops seems an attempt to suppress the case for letting off the guilty cops as the then Punjab government and the Union Home Ministry also didn’t do much in this concern.

Key findings of the Commission:

  • The approach of the police was too casual and mind-boggling.
  • Some weapons carried by police personnel from Ludhiana were not sent for inspection.
  • The tampering of the rifle grooves of a bullet were deliberate to prevent detection of the weapon used.
  • The bullet could have been fired from AK-47. As such, all police officers carrying AK-47 would become potential accused.
  • The police admitted opening fire at Behbal Klan, yet showed no expenditure of ammunition.
  • Primarily, the finger of suspicion for sacrilege incidents was pointed towards Sirsa cult disciples.
  • The Police cops were unable to act against the Sirsa cult disciples, but happily pulled the trigger of their guns
    against the protesters.