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Kotkapura case: Punjab approaches court for speedy trial

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Tribune News Service
Faridkot, November 27

Seeking a fast-track trial in the Kotkapura police firing incident of October 2015, the state government on Friday moved an application, asking the court of District and Sessions Judge, Faridkot, to frame charges against the accused in the case.

Many senior police officers, including former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini, and former SAD MLA Mantar Singh Brar are accused in the attempt-to-murder case in the aftermath of sacrilege incidents at Bargari.

In the application, the public prosecution on the behalf of the state government urged that though the chargesheet in this case was filed in May 2019, but the charges against the accused are yet to be framed.

Expressing apprehension of the influential accused manipulating the witnesses, the office of public prosecution said there were over 100 witnesses and there are high chances of some of these might succumb to the pressure of influential accused in the case. In the police firing incident, many persons had sustained serious injuries.

Though the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had filed the chargesheet in this case in May 2019, there has been no visible progress in this case in the past over 18 months. The court has issued notices to the counsels of the accused in this case for December 18.

In October this year, the SIT had nominated the then DGP Sumedh Singh Saini as an accused in this case.

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