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Fake Encounter Case: Surjit Singh's Petition Dismissed

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Punjab Haryana High Court dismissed the petition

Monday July 8, 2013, Chandigarh: The Punjab & Haryana High Court today dismissed Sub-Inspector Surjit Singh’s petition. The petition anticipated threat to his own life and sought protection for him.

The Court counter questioned Surjit Singh’s lawyer as to whether Sub-Inspector Surjit Singh had approached his seniors within the Police for protection, to which Surjit Singh’s lawyer stated they had no faith on the Police. The presiding Judge however was not convinced that Surjit Singh needed protection and dismissed the petition.

Punjab Police Sub-Inspector Surjit Singh had recently created a sensation by making claims that he was involved in several encounters during 1993 and that several of those encounters were fake.

Surjit Singh had sought direction of the High Court for protection from Punjab Police IG Paramjit Singh Gill and Ranjit Singh Hundal, SSP, Tarn Taran. The petitioner had stated that he had actively participated in four encounters first. In these encounters Sheetal Mattewal, Deputy Chief of Dashmesh Regiment of Khalistan and seven others were killed. Mattewal’s encounter was real but later, his wife Narinder Kaur and two brothers were picked up and killed extra judiciously, the petition stated.

He has also given a list of 16 other encounters, which according to his petition were fake and several persons were killed under the supervision of Paramjit Singh Gill, the then Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar, who has been promoted to the post of Inspector General of Police and is presently posted as Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana.

SI Surjit Singh’s laywer RS Bains has said that they will be approaching a higher court.

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