A Delhi court has acquitted an alleged top operative of banned terror outfit Babbar Khalsa International (BKI),Paramjeet Singh Behora, in a 2006 case following his arrest on charges of possessing firearms and explosives. Behora was also accused of firing at a police team.
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh acquitted Behora of charges punishable under various sections of IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act earlier this week.
According to the police, Behora was arrested along with Bhupinder Singh and Jasbir Singh on March 20, 2006, when they were passing through the G T Karnal Road in the national capital in a car. The police claimed on inspection of the car, four kg of RDX, three detonators, and ammunition were recovered.
The court observed that the other two accused were earlier acquitted of similar charges and noted inconsistencies in the police version of the arrest and recovery of firearms explosives.
“Hence, not only in view of the acquittal of similarly situated co-accused Bhupinder Singh and Jasbir Singh but also in view of the inconsistencies in the version of prosecution witnesses… the benefit of the doubt in the case of prosecution has to go in favour of Paramjeet Singh,” the court said.
According to police, after the arrest of Jagtar Singh Hawara (convicted of the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh), a large quantity of firearms and explosives were recovered at his instance. Behora was suspected to be Babbar Khalsa International’s chief in India after Hawara’s arrest.
On the recovery of weapons and explosives, the court said, “The version of the prosecution regarding the manner of apprehension and recoveries made is not reliable…”
The court added there were contradictions and gaps in the evidence of the prosecution witnesses examined in the trial against Behora.