Behbal Kalan firing incident: 41 record statements before Justice Katju

Police had fired at people in Behbal Kalan village, who were protesting the alleged desecration of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: February 1, 2016 2:32 am
  Behbal Kalan firing incident, Justice Katju, firing in Faridkot last year Retired Justice Markendey Katju during the hearing at Behbal Kalan in photo by Gurmeet Singh

A total of 41 people recorded their statements before Justice Markandey Katju (retd.) Sunday in connection with the killing of two people in a police firing in Faridkot last year.

Police had fired at people in Behbal Kalan village, who were protesting the alleged desecration of the Sikh holy book, Guru Granth Sahib.

Katju had said he was approached by the Sikhs for Human Rights (SFHR) and a few other organisations after they expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe. The Punjab government has appointed the Justice Zora Singh Commission to look into the incident.

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Among the people who recorded their statements were Pritam Singh, the grandfather of Gurjeet Singh who was killed in the incident. However, nobody turned up from the family of Krishan Bhagwan Singh, the other person killed in the firing.

Kanwarpal Singh, on behalf of SFHR, said, “We are hoping that someone from Krishan Bhagwan’s family will turn up tomorrow.”

While Gurjeet hailed from Saravan village, Krishan Bhagwan was from Niamiwala village.

Beant Singh, who was injured in the firing and has been bed-ridden since, arrived in an ambulance to get his statement recorded.

Sikh preachers Panthpreet Singh, Avtar Singh and Harjinder Manjhi, former Jathedar Gaini Kewal Singh, and Chandan gave their statements in connection with the lathicharge that happened at Kotkapura Chowk. Avtar Singh also went with Justice Katju to Kotkapura Chowk to narrate the incident.

Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema from SFHR and AAP leader H S Phoolka were present when the statements were being recorded.

Cheema said that he had come as a human rights activist and not as the leader of a political party. However, none of the government officials or the Punjab DGP turned up.

Justice Katju, who will be staying in the village till February 2, said he would try to make the report public as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, sources said villagers were being prevented from recording their statements before Justice Katju.

Kanwarpal Singh said, “A number of villagers were being stopped by leaders of the ruling party from appearing before Justice Katju. Ours is an independent probe, and we have nothing to do with Justice Zora Singh Commission.”

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    Feb 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    None none eye witness to the unfortunate incident. those who were in and around Justice Katju, enemies of their mother land, PUNJAB, enemies of SIKH RELIGION, enemies of SIKH GURUS/ HOLY GURU GRANTH SAHIBS JEE/ RACIST, COMMUNAL and CASTE DISCRIMINATED BIGOTS not today, but in the past Retd. IPS Bureaucrat / white turbaned attorneys, AAP' /opposition never a minute missed not ruined/ damaged our mother land , Sikh hardly close 2% of the nation potion, RACIST/CTIST / NRI' settled abroad the worst HATRED counts then the ones like Nigerian/ Syrians Infighting in the SIKH TEMPLES, neighborhood, a bread and butter for two PUNJABI TV channels JUS TV HOST/ANCHOR HARVINDER RIAR of aaj da mudda Global Punjab the so called bureau chief(was dish washer for years Indian cuisine Roseville CA) .......Nov 3rd 2014onward the day after Harvinder Riar of JUS TV, shunted out/ not permitted to cover the foundation stone laying ceremony Sikh Center, Yuba City there after Mid Sep. 2015 in dozens of TRAITORS/ NRI' mostly of Doaba region meeting he addressed FULL OF HATE,COLOR,CASTE led to social boycott / unrest in Sikh Temples Yuba City/ Sikh Temple Turlock,