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Behbal Kalan firing: Kin of witness to move High Court

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Published on February 10, 2020 with No Comments

The family of key witness in Behbal Kalan police firing case Surjit Singh, who died recently, has decided to approach the High Court for seeking action against two Congress MLAs.

The witness’ widow had earlier met the Chief Minister Capt.  Amarinder Singh. “We were given an assurance that justice would be done, but the police have registered an ‘innocuous’ case against three persons, sparing the real culprits. We have thus decided to approach the High Court,” said Lakhwinder Singh, deceased’s son.

He said, “To pressure my father not to depose against the erring police officers of the firing incident, our neighbor Manjinder Singh, a close confidant of Congress MLA Kushaldeep Dhillon, had been harassing us for some time. Our house was raided by PSPCL officials and we were fined Rs55,000. Our joint boundary of fields was destroyed by a Bargari man. Besides, Manjinder had even opened fire at our house. Despite our repeated complaints to the police, no action was taken,” said Lakhwinder Singh.

Dhillon claimed that the allegations had been being made at the behest of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, as deceased Surjit Singh was a former Akali sarpanch.

“Surjit Singh died of a heart attack. It is strange that his family is demanding murder case against over 10 persons, including me and senior officials of the PSPCL, for his death,” said Dhillon. Meanwhile, many PSPCL employees and some police officials in the district backed Dhillon and denied that they were under any pressure as witness in the case. The claimed that Surjit Singh was not the only witness in the case, but there were 23 others. They accused the parties of playing politics on the issue.


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