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‘Fake encounters’: Justice to families demanded

Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to order payment of adequate compensation to them.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar |
March 28, 2009 10:55:10 pm

Coming to the aid of families of those killed in place of Khalistani terrorists,the Majha Ex-servicemen Human Rights Front has urged Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to order payment of adequate compensation to them. The front also proposes to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to get justice for these families.

Front office-bearers sought a minimum compensation of Rs 50 lakh per head and a job for the kin of Sukhpal Singh Kala Afghana and Kinder Singh of Nagoke village,both of whom were killed in “fake police encounters”. They have also demanded a probe by a HC judge.

Col G S Sandhu,chairman of the front,said the angst of Sukhpal Singh’s wife Dalbir Kaur,who was barely 15-year-old and had a six-month-old daughter when she was widowed,had only increased due to government’s nonchalance. He said Sukhpal was killed in a “staged encounter” in 1994 near Ropar in place of terrorist Gurnam Bandala,who carried an award of Rs 25 lakh on his head.

“The police realised the goof-up in 1998 and arrested Bandala,who was living under the changed identity of Surjit Singh. He was later acquitted,” he claimed. Sandhu said Kinder Singh,then a 20-year-old youth of Nagoke village,was killed in similar case. The Indian Express had exposed the fake killings following which the CM had ordered a high-level inquiry. “The probe has not reached a logical conclusion even after more than one-and-a-half year,” said Sandhu.

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