In a startling revelation,a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the name of whosoever went abroad during the period of terrorism in Punjab,was mentioned in the list of hard core terrorists.
Bhagwant Singh,DSP Banga,said this in the high court during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by one Shingara Singh,originally from Punjab,now a resident of America.
Shingara Singh through his counsel Advocate H C Arora had moved the High Court seeking directions to Punjab police to delete his name from the list of non-hardcore terrorists maintained in the records of Police Station,Behram (District SBS Nagar). Singh said he was never involved in any criminal activity. The High Court had sought response from the Punjab government in this regard.
Bhagwant Singh,in his reply filed in the HC,said during the period of terrorism,all persons who went abroad,as per report of Crime Branch,CID Security and secret information,their names were mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists.
He however admitted that there is no record showing the involvement of Shingara Singh in terrorist activities and added that Punjab Police had no objection if his name was deleted from the list of non-hardcore terrorists.
Taking serious exception to the contents of the affidavit filed by the DSP,Justice Ram Chander Gutpa,verbally expressed shock and dismay over the conduct of Punjab Police in not voluntarily deleting the name of the petitioner from the list and instead leaving it to the HC to order deletion.