Security officers convicted for murder in Punjab
The Additional Sessions court today sentenced several senior officers to five years imprisonment and fined Rs 1.30 lakh each under Sections 364, 120 B and 218 of the IPC.
Judge Poonam Ratti Joshi convicted the officials Savtantar Pal Singh Basra, DIG (Retd),Jaspal Singh, DSP (Retd) and Sita Ram, Sub Inspector (Retd) to five years imprisonment.
According to prosecution lawyer Tejvir Singh Bajwa, the accused had abducted one Kuljit Singh of village Amballa Jattan, along with three other villagers Surjit Singh, Kuldip Singh and Gurmail Singh from the house of latter on July 23, 1989 for their alleged involvement in militant activities.
Kuljit allegedly died due to severe torture and excesses by the police. Later, an FIR under Section 223, 224 was registered in Tanda police station. The other two were let off.
Later, deceased Kuljit's wife Gurmeet Kaur moved the Supreme Court, which ordered a judicial inquiry into his disappearance.
In his inquiry report, Sessions Judge (Retd) H L Randev held Savtantar Pal Singh Basra, Jaspal Singh, Sita Ram, Ajit Singh, DSP and Inspector Sardool Singh responsible for the disappearance of Kuljit Singh.
Later, a case under Sections 364, 120 B and 218 of the IPC was registered against all the accused. During trial, Ajit and Sardool expired.
Talking to mediapersons, Gurmeet showed her dissatisfaction over the punishment awarded to the accused.
She said though justice had been done, but still it was not complete justice. The miscreants had ruined her life and she would move the High Court against the judgement.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)