Peeved at the state governments indifference in rounding up those responsible for the killing of a youth in the Gurdaspur firing,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today summoned Punjab Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh and Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini on September 10.
The directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by Lawyers for Human Rights International through its chairman,Advocate Navkiran Singh.
On March 29,a youth was shot when police opened fire at a mob in Gurdaspur that was protesting against the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana,assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
Following the incident,in a scathing inquiry,the then Jalandhar Commissioner S R Ladhar had disapproved of the callous attitude of the then Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner M S Kainth.
Ladhar,in his report,had submitted that the firing could have been prevented had there been better coordination between the deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police or inspector general of police.
At the last hearing,the High Court had directed Punjab Police to send the arms of all those police officials involved in the incident to a lab to find out who shot the youth.
Today,the Punjab Police told the court that 25 arms were sent to a Mohali lab and that the reports stated that the gunshot was not fired from any of the 25 official weapons.
During the previous hearing,the court had asked Punjab to submit the action taken on the report submitted by Ladhar. On the bullet recovered from the youths body,the inquiry officer had submitted that the recovery of SLR cartridge will need a complete explanation from police authorities in the face of the fact that none of the persons designated for firing was armed with SLR as per list supplied by SSP himself.
Deadly weapons were used by the Punjab Police for crowd control and dispersal,it was submitted. The IAS officer stated that the use of AK-47 and SLR for the purpose of crowd control and their dispersal flagrantly violate instructions regarding the use of the least deadly weapons.
In absence of a status report and any satisfactory reply,the court today directed the chief secretary and the DGP to be present on September 10.