Car dealer ar­rested for help­ing cops fab­ri­cate ev­i­dence

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTPUNJAB - HT Corre­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

FARIDKOT: The spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) prob­ing the 2015 police fir­ing on peo­ple protest­ing the Bar­gari sac­ri­lege in Faridkot on Saturday ar­rested a car dealer for al­legedly aid­ing ac­cused cops in mak­ing fab­ri­cated bul­let marks on the es­cort ve­hi­cle of Cha­ran­jit Singh Sharma, for­mer Moga se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of police, and an ac­cused in the Behbal Kalan case, to con­struct a fake self-de­fence the­ory.

This is the sec­ond ar­rest by the SIT in Behbal Kalan fir­ing case in a week. On June 16, a Farid­kot­based lawyer, So­hali Singh Brar, was ar­rested by SIT for his al­leged role in fab­ri­cat­ing ev­i­dence in the Behbal Kalan police fir­ing. He was sent in four-day police cus­tody (till Sun­day).

Three ac­cused has been ar­rested so far in the case, in­clud­ing for­mer Moga SSP, who is on in­terim bail on health grounds.

In­spec­tor gen­eral of police Kun­war Vi­jay Pratap Singh, who is a se­nior mem­ber of the SIT, said Pankaj Bansal, owner of Pankaj Mo­tors, Moga, then hav­ing au­to­mo­bile work­shop in Faridkot, has been ar­rested for aid­ing ac­cused on fab­ri­cat­ing false selfde­fence the­ory. “We will pro­duce him in the court along with Brar and seek police cus­tody of both,” he added.

Two youths had died in police fir­ing on Oc­to­ber 14, 2015, while protest­ing against the des­e­cra­tion of Guru Granth Sahib at Bar­gari on Oc­to­ber 12. Police had also opened fire on protesters at Kotka­pura, leav­ing many in­jured, the same day.

In its probe, the SIT found that Cha­ran­jit Sharma con­spired with three other police of­fi­cers — Fazilka su­per­in­ten­dent of police Bikramjit Singh, in­spec­tor Pardip Singh and sub-in­spec­tor Amar­jit Singh Ku­lar — to cover up facts re­lated to the Behbal Kalan fir­ing.

The SIT has claimed that to fab­ri­cate ev­i­dence against the protesters, Cha­ran­jit’s es­cort Maruti Gypsy was taken to the ad­vo­cate’s house, where Bikramjit and a car dealer had fired on it to make bul­let marks. The same day, Ku­lar, who was the Ba­jakhana SHO, recorded the state­ments of Sharma, Bikramjit and Pardip, etc, and they claimed police fired in self-de­fence.

Pankaj Bansal, the ac­cused

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