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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Recent news on abuses by Punjab Police

Bringing the focus back to systematic human rights abuses committed by the Punjab police during the counter-insurgency of the 1980s and 1990s, a man allegedly killed in a police encounter has resurfaced:

[Jagdeesh Singh Deesha] was declared dead in one such encounter in 1993 for which 24 police officials, including a serving SSP, got awards and promotions.
Jagdish Singh stated that the police killed innocent persons and claimed that one of them was him, securing awards. He has called for the divestment of these awards.

The family of Joginder Singh, who was killed last week in an alleged police encounter, have accused the police of staging the encounter:

Talking to the reporters at their residence Gobindsar Morh today, Waryam Singh, father, and Darshan Kaur, mother, said “ their son was never involved in any criminal activity, which could be verified from the local police.

It may be recalled that the police had killed two alleged kidnappers in an encounter near Defence road here on the night of September 21. In the alleged kidnapping episode, one Arun Masih was also killed, while Ashwani Kumar was arrested. Three alleged accomplices of the gang managed to escape as alleged by the police....

Levelling serious allegations against the police for killing Jaggi [Joginder Singh] and Arun Masih, they said since the body of Arun Masih was buried in the graveyard the story of false encounter could be easily determined if the post-mortem of Arun Masih was ordered again by a board of doctors.

They alleged that both victims were first overpowered and then killed in a false encounter.
Jwala Singh last week filed a petition in court alleging that three policemen from Phase VIII police station in Kharar ganged up with three villagers and beat and assaulted him:

According to the petition filed by Jwala Singh under Sections 323, 447, 452, 506 and 34 of the IPC, he was allegedly “beaten up and abused” by Paramvir Singh, Ajmer Kaur and Gurmail singh on September 19 at his residence. He informed the court that he had filed a civil writ petition against these three persons in a property dispute and they, along with the police, were trying to pressurise him into taking back the case...

He further alleged that after he was beaten up by the three persons, they were joined by the two policemen who took him to the Phase VIII police station in Mohali and beat him up there along with another police officer. He was made to sign blank papers, he alleged adding that he was then involved in a false case before being let off on bail the next day.
In other news, the Chandigarh police have filed a case of criminal intimidation against two unidentified armed Punjab police personnel for threatening a local businessman's son:

Sanjeet [Randhawa] was taken out of his car by the two armed Punjab Police
personnel who showed him their AK-47 rifles and reportedly said: ‘‘You stop
bothering our son, or you have seen these AK-47s. You would be in trouble.’’
The police promised to identify the policemen in a few days; no further update has been reported.

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