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Punjab police SIT still don’t know why Lakhbir went to Singhu

🔴 From Cheema Kalan village in district Tarn Taran, Lakhbir was booked for sacrilege after he was killed at Singhu border at the place of farm agitation on October 15.

Written by Kamaldeep Singh Brar | Amritsar |
Updated: December 20, 2021 6:29:24 am
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The Punjab police Special Investigation Team (SIT) has failed to unravel the mystery of how and why Lakhbir Tittu reached the Singhu border, where he was murdered under allegations of sacrilege.

While the Akal Takht and other Sikh bodies feel that the Punjab police have often failed to bring sacrilege cases to conclusive ends, the police department’s performance in high-profile cases such as Lakhbir’s murder at Singhu border has amplified the claims of poor investigation.

From Cheema Kalan village in district Tarn Taran, Lakhbir was booked for sacrilege after he was killed at Singhu border at the place of farm agitation on October 15. After his death, both family of Lakhbir and Sikh bodies had alleged conspiracy behind the presence of Lakhbir at Singhu.

“So far we don’t know how he reached Singhu. If he went alone or somebody took him there,” said Tarn Taran SSP, Harwinder Singh Virk. When asked if police could know about what transport Lakhbir used to travel to Singhu, SSP said, “We are investigating.”

Three top police officials — Additional Director General of Police (Bureau of Investigation) Varinder Kumar, Ferozepur Range Deputy Inspector General Inderbir Singh and Tarn Taran SSP Harvinder Singh Virk — have been investigating the case and still there is no clue. Punjab government had formed SIT “for a thorough and expeditious enquiry into the matter.”

While SIT is not sure if Lakhbir went to Singhu on his own or somebody took him to Singhu, family and villagers have said that Lakhbir had never shown any interest in the farmer agitation. They suspected conspiracy behind Lakhbir’s visit to Singhu and his subsequent murder.

BJP and some Dalit bodies have been alleging that Lakhbir was killed due to his caste though all the four accused arrested for his murder are also from Dalit community.

Lakhbir’s family also had audiance with National Commission for Sechduled Caste Vijay Sampla, who is former BJP MP. BJP Haryana government also gave compensation of four lakh to the wife and daughters of the Lakhbir. Lakhbir’s family protested at Singhu border with support of an organisation from Uttar Pradesh.

“We have been still waiting for justice. It is a big mystery for us how Lakhbir reached Delhi to get murdered there under allegations of sacrilege,” said Lakhbir’s brother-in-law.

After the murder of Lakhbir, Akal Takht Jathedar had raised questions on working of justice system in sacrilege cases. He had said, “There is background of what happened at Singhu as more than 400 incidents of sacrliege have been reported in last eight years. There was not a one case in which justice system could have given exemplary punishment to accuse that would had provided some solace to hurt feelings of Sikhs.”

“The failure of Indian justice system in delivering justice to Sikhs in more than 400 sacrilege incidents in last eight years is behind the Singhu border incident. Independent agency should conduct probe into the incident so that all the facts should come before the public and motive of powers working behind this conspiracy could be unveiled,” demanded Jathedar.

“Everyone was saying that there was conspiracy behind Lakhbir Tittu’s involvement into act of sacrilege at Singhu. This is why home minister had formed SIT into matter. But police couldn’t find anything. What could be more proof of police incompetence?” Asked a spokesman for the Akal Takht Jathedar.

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