Mukha ‘fake en­counter’: 7 cops sus­pended

AKALI LEADER MUKHJIT SINGH MUKHA KILLED BY PO­LICE IN JUNE 2015 IN AM­RIT­SAR; HIS FAM­ILY AL­LEGED THAT IT WAS A CON­TRACT KILLING OVER PO­LIT­I­CAL RI­VALRY

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:All the seven po­lice per­son­nel in­volved in the killing of Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha in a “fake en­counter” in 2015 have been placed un­der sus­pen­sion.

This in­for­ma­tion was shared by the Am­rit­sar com­mis­sioner of po­lice dur­ing the re­sumed hear­ing of a plea filed by Mukha’s wife Har­jit Kaur in the Pun­jab and Haryana high court.

The sus­pended cops com­prise one sub-in­spec­tor (SI), an as­sis­tant sub in­spec­tor (ASI), four head con­sta­bles and two con­sta­bles.

As the hear­ing be­gan, Jus­tice RK Jain asked about the ac­tion taken against the cops in­volved in the fake en­counter.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment told the court that en­hance­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim’s fam­ily is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion and a de­ci­sion in this re­gard will be taken within a week.

The gov­ern­ment has sought time to file a re­port in this re­gard. The case will now come up for hear­ing on De­cem­ber 8.

The po­lice com­mis­sioner, in an af­fi­davit, filed be­fore the high court said a com­pen­sa­tion of Rs 5 lakh has been paid to the widow of the SAD leader.

The com­mis­sioner said a DSP-level of­fi­cer is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

Jus­tice Jain said it is not a rou­tine en­counter.

No­tably, Mukha was killed in a po­lice “en­counter” in June 2015 in Am­rit­sar. An AK 47 was used in the killing and 26 bul­lets were fired at Mukha. His fam­ily al­leged that it was a “con­tract killing” and he had been shot dead due to “po­lit­i­cal ri­valry”.

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