The Special Court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today acquitted seven Punjab Police personnel including Surjeet Singh Grewal,who is currently the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Moga,in the 23-year-old fake encounter death case of Kulwinder Singh alias Kid. All the accused were acquitted as the Prosecution failed to prove its case.
The other persons who were acquitted today are head constable Nikka Ram,presently SI at Sohana police station,retired ASI Amarjit Singh,Sub-Inspector Birbal Dass,ASI Gurcharan Singh,ASI Chanan Singh and Constable Dayal Singh. The court acquitted the accused on account of benefit of doubt.
The Prosecution had claimed that on July 22,1989,Kulwinder Singh,was abducted from Phase 5,Mohali,by SSP Grewal,who was then the in-charge of CIA staff,Patiala and six others. It was further alleged that Kulwinder was eliminated by the accused in a fake encounter on Tangori Kurda Road,Sohana.
The defence counsel had argued in Court that the complainant,Tarlochan Singh,had filed a habeas corpus petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in September,1989,where he sought directions to the Punjab Government to produce Kulwinder in Court. The defence had argued that the complainant himself was not sure about his sons death. Kulwinder is shown by the police to be a proclaimed offender till now.
The defense counsel also said that the Prosecution had not been able to establish the identity of Kulwinder for the past 23 years and even the statements of the Prosecution witnesses,including Tarlochan Singh,his tenant Dhani Ram and Inderjit,who claimed to be eyewitnesses,were contradictory. The defence had argued that there was no eyewitness on the day of the incident,as alleged by the prosecution.
Surjeet Singh,friend of Kulwinder,had also deposed as a defence witness in Court where he said that on the day of the alleged encounter,Kid had come to meet him at his house. The defence had argued that the CBI had not taken proper sanction from the Punjab Government to prosecute the accused as Ropar was not declared a disturbed area then.
The Prosecution had alleged that Tarlochans only son,20-year-old Kulwinder Singh,fondly called Kid,was abducted by Punjab Police personnel from a rented house in Phase 5,Mohali,along with another person and later eliminated in a fake encounter in 1989 near Sohana. Kid,a class X student of DAV School,Sector 8,was arrested in 1986 for having relations with a student political party with alleged extremist links. He spent two years in jail and was released in 1988. He married in 1989 and was staying away from his family to avoid harassment of his parents at the hands of Police.