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Behbal Kalan firing: Cops charged with fabricating evidence

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, July 2

Two weeks after the arrest of the son of a late Akali leader and the owner of a car agency in the Behbal Kalanpolice firing case, the special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police on Thursday added the charge of "fabricating false evidence" to the FIR against all accused police officers in the case.

For this non-cognisable and non-bailable offence under Section 194 of the IPC, the imprisonment period may extend to 10 years or life.

The SIT has added the offence to the FIR after the interrogation of the two persons revealed last week that the accused police officers had fabricated evidence with the alleged intention of causing conviction of innocent protesters in the firing incident of October 14, 2015.

The police officers, in connivance with some other persons, had allegedly fabricated the bullet marks on a police vehicle to put forth the theory of self-defence, it is alleged.

A week after the killing of two protesters in police firing at Behbal Kalan, an FIR was registered under Sections 302, 307 and 34 of IPC and Arms Act on the complaint of Iqbal Singh Sahota, Director, Bureau of Investigation- cum -Chairman, SIT.

In this FIR, many police officers, including a former SSP, a serving IGP, two SP-rank officers and many others, were nominated as accused.

Before this FIR, the accused police officers had got another FIR registered in which a large number of protesters were accused of attacking a police team when they were asked to end the road blockade.

Meanwhile, the SIT on Thursday got the production warrants of Gurdeep Singh Pander, the then SHO, Kotkapura, claiming it wanted to question the accused in the case, which dates back to October 2015. The SIT told the court today that it had to make recovery of shells of 10 bullets which the police had purportedly fired in self-defence.

from The Tribune

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