Punjab Cop Tells Court That Police Routinely Listed Innocents As Militants

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Punjab Police DSP makes shocking disclosure of the trend during the militancy days. Whosoever went abroad during the period of terrorism in Punjab, his name was mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists, said Banga Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bhagwant Singh during the resumed hearing on a criminal petition filed by Shingara Singh, who is seeking to delete his name from a list of “non-hardcore terrorists” maintained in the police records of Behram police station in Nawanshahr district. He contended that he was never involved in any criminal case during his entire life.

CHANDIGARH – In a shocking revelation, a Punjab Police officer has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the names of people going abroad during the days of militancy in Punjab were mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists.

Whosoever went abroad during the period of terrorism in Punjab, his name was mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists, said Banga Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bhagwant Singh during the resumed hearing on a criminal petition filed by Shingara Singh, who is seeking to delete his name from a list of “non-hardcore terrorists” maintained in the police records of Behram police station in Nawanshahr district. Shingara Singh contended that he was never involved in any criminal case during his entire life.

In his affidavit, the Banga DSP admitted that “during the period of terrorism, the names of the persons who went abroad, as per a report of the Crime Branch, CID Security and Secret Information, were mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists”.

The DSP, in his affidavit, also admitted there was no record available with the police showing involvement of the petitioner in terrorist activities. “The police has no objection if his name was ordered to be deleted from the list of non-hardcore terrorists.”

Taking serious exception to the contents of the affidavit, Justice Ram Chander Gutpa orally expressed his shock and dismay over the statement and also the conduct of the police in not deleting the name of the petitioner from the list of non-hardcore terrorists and instead leaving it to the High Court to order deletion of his name from the list. Justice Gupta, however, adjourned the hearing to October 1.

Appalling Approach:

The Punjab Police officer claims the names of people going abroad during the militancy era were mentioned in the list of hardcore terrorists

The disclosure comes during the hearing on a petition seeking deletion of one such name

The petitioner contended he was never involved in any criminal case