SIT relies on 22 phone calls to name former DGP as accused - ECAS Punjab

SIT relies on 22 phone calls to name former DGP as accused

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Balwant Garg
Tribune News Service
Faridkot, October 21

In the supplementary chargesheet in the Behbal Kalan police firing case, the special investigation team (SIT) of the police is relying on 22 phone calls, allegedly made between the then DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and IGP Paramraj Singh Umranangal, to buttress its claim that the former DGP was part of the conspiracy of "unprovoked" firing on protesters.

The firing had led to killing of two persons on October 14, 2015.

Ex-police Commissioner also under lens

In the chargesheet, filed against an SP-rank police officer Bikramjit Singh, the then SHO Amarjit Singh Kular, and two others, the SIT alleged the then Ludhiana Police Commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal, without any authority, entered Faridkot to handle the situation and instigated the protesters and police officials on duty, leading to unprovoked firing on the protesters

In the chargesheet, filed against an SP-rank police officer Bikramjit Singh, the then SHO Amarjit Singh Kular, advocate Suhail Singh Brar and car agency owner Pankaj Bansal, the SIT alleged that the then Ludhiana Police Commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal, without any authority, entered Faridkot to handle the situation and instigated the protesters and police officials on duty, leading to unprovoked firing on the protesters, killing two persons at Behbal Kalan and injuring many at Kotkapura.

The firing on the protesters at both places was part of an already hatched conspiracy. The accused police officers did not procure the necessary permission from the duty magistrate or SDM before resorting to unprovoked firing on the protesters, the chargesheet alleged.

The SIT has given details of 22 phone calls, allegedly made between Umranangal and Saini on October 14, 2015. The SIT claimed that its investigation had found that Umranangal was in constant touch with Saini and after getting directions from him, he told the then SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma and others to use force on the protesters.

The SIT alleged that Gurdeep Singh Pander, an SI-rank police official, was posted as the SHO of Kotkapura at that time due to his proximity to Umranganal.

It also alleged that Pankaj Bansal, owner of a car agency and Suhail Singh Brar, who had fabricated bullet marks on the police vehicle to help the accused police officers, were close associates of SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Umranangal. Pankaj and Suhail committed the crime at the bidding of Umranangal.



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