SIT sets up camp of­fice in Farid­kot, starts probe

PO­LICE FIR­ING CASES Five­mem­ber team re­views in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out in the last three years; has to sub­mit sta­tus re­port in high court on Novem­ber 14

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FARID­KOT : The five-mem­ber spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) of the Pun­jab Po­lice formed by Amarinder Singh-led govern­ment on po­lice fir­ing at anti-sacrilege Sikhs protesters at Be­hbal Kalan and Kotka­pura in 2015 set up its camp of­fice in Farid­kot on Fri­day and started probe in the case.

Two per­sons had died in fir­ing at Be­hbal Kalan on Oc­to­ber 14, 2015. The SIT, headed by ad­di­tional direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice (ADGP) Prabodh Kumar, who is also direc­tor of the bu­reau of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with other team mem­bers — in­spec­tor gen­eral of po­lice (IGP) Arun­pal Singh, Ka­purthala su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Satin­der Singh and com­man­dant Bhupin­der Singh — re­viewed the sta­tus of the probe so far.

SIT has sprung into ac­tion since it has to sub­mit the case sta­tus re­port in the Pun­jab and Haryana high court on Novem­ber 14.

On Au­gust 11 this year, the names of four po­lice­men were added in the FIR (first in­for­ma­tion re­port), reg­is­tered in 2015, in the Be­hbal Kalan fir­ing episode on the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Jus­tice Ran­jit (retd) Singh Com­mis­sion of In­quiry.

The four — the then Moga SSP Cha­ran­jit Sharma, then Fazilka SSP (de­tec­tive) Bikramjit Singh,

The probe will be fair and time­bound. The pur­pose our visit is to find gaps in the probe held so far, if any. We have pre­pared our ac­tion plan PRABODH KUMAR, SIT head

in­spec­tor Pardeep Singh, then Ba­jakhana sta­tion house of­fi­cer (SHO) Amar­jit Singh — have pro­cured stay from the Pun­jab and Haryana high court against the state govern­ment pro­ceed­ings against them. An FIR against uniden­ti­fied cops was reg­is­tered in the Kotka­pura fir­ing case.

SHOS OF KOTKA­PURA, BA­JAKHANA CALLED

The SIT also sum­moned the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers (mostly SHOs posted at Kotka­pura or Ba­jakhana po­lice sta­tions since 2015) to its camp of­fice to get their state­ments in con­nec­tion the in­ci­dents.

Later, the team also vis­ited the spots in Kotka­pura and Be­hbal Kalan where po­lice fir­ing in­ci­dents took place.

ADGP Kumar said, “The peo­ple of Pun­jab will trust the SIT’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism as we will try our level best to take the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to a log­i­cal con­clu­sion. The probe will be fair and time-bound. The pur­pose of the visit is to find out gaps in the probe con­ducted so far, if any. We have pre­pared our ac­tion plan.”

A 1988-batch In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice (IPS) of­fi­cer, Kumar had led in­ves­ti­ga­tion into high­pro­file cases such as the Agusta-West­land chop­per pur­chase case when he was de­puted with the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI).

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SIT head ADGP Prabodh Kumar (left) with other team mem­bers in Farid­kot on Fri­day.

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