Father wages lone battle to get justice for son killed in ‘encounter’

For the past 23 years,Tarlochan Singh — who retired as principal of Khalsa Public School,Kurali,in 1997 — has been fighting an emotional battle to get justice for his son who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in 1989.

Written by SUCHET ATTRI | Chandigarh | Published: April 6, 2012 2:46 am

For the past 23 years,Tarlochan Singh — who retired as principal of Khalsa Public School,Kurali,in 1997 — has been fighting an emotional battle to get justice for his son who was allegedly killed in a fake encounter in 1989.

The case hearing,which had been stuck for some time,resumed with day-to-day hearing this week in the CBI special court,Chandigarh.

Tarlochan’s only son,20-year-old Kulwant Singh,fondly called Kid,was allegedly abducted by Punjab Police personnel from a rented house in Phase 5,Mohali,along with another person and later allegedly eliminated in a fake encounter near Sohana in 1989. Sadly,Tarlochan did not even get to see his son’s body as the police had allegedly cremated him in a hurry.

While sitting outside the court after a lengthy hearing,Tarlochan said,“I am 73,and the lone surviving member of my family. I am fighting to get justice for my son,but justice is being delayed.”

He has been receiving support from all quarters and people in his village. “I am accompanied by my friends,neighbours and Kid’s friends to all the court hearings. They do so on their own and even travel by buses and their personal vehicles to attend the hearings. Most of them don’t even have tea from my money. Even the lawyers are not charging me anything to fight the case,” he said.

After his wife’s death in 2004,Tarlochan was left alone. It was then that his nephew’s son Sukwinder moved in to live with him.

Saying Kulwant was named Kid as he was the youngest and like all small creatures he was very lovable,Tarlochan added,“I miss the whole of him.”

The CBI has named seven Punjab Police personnel in the case,including SSP (Vigilance) Jalandhar S S Grewal,who was the then in-charge of CIA staff,Patiala. One of the accused has died during the trial.

Kid,a class X student of DAV School,Sector 8,was arrested in 1986 for having relations with a student political party with alleged extremist links. He spent two years in jail and was released in 1988. He married in 1989 — his wife has been staying with her parents — and was staying away from his family to avoid harassment of his parents at the hands of police.

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