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Punjab Police officer gets 10 years jail for staged shootout

Posted on Mar 11, 10:01PM | IANS

Patiala (Punjab), March 11 : A special court here Monday sentenced a Punjab Police officer to 10 years rigorous imprisonment after convicting him of involvement in a staged shootout case.

Preetpal Singh Virk, who is presently posted as Amritsar's senior superintendent of police (rural) was sentenced by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here in a case involving the illegal confinement and abduction of a youth of Sangrur district in 1993.

Five other police officials, including a serving and a retired deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and three head constables, were also sentenced to three years imprisonment by the court in Patiala, 80 km from Chandigarh.

The serving DSP, Rajinder Singh Sohal, is posted as DSP-city at Mohali, a prized posting for middle-level police officers.

Others convicted and sentenced in the case are retired DSP Shamsher Singh and police officials Balbir Singh, Ganda Singh and Rajinder Singh.

The victim, Tejinder Singh, a footballer, was picked up by police on suspicion of terrorist links and was never found again.

Punjab had witnessed terrorism between 1981 to 1992.