State put on notice in Balwinder murder case - ECAS Punjab

State put on notice in Balwinder murder case

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 12

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put the State of Punjab and the Union of India on notice on a petition filed by the wife of Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into his murder.

Directions were also issued to the Punjab DGP to protect life and liberty of the petitioner in case he found threat perception to her life.

Petitioner Jagdish Kaur Sandhu through counsel Pradeep Virk contended the direction was being sought following apprehension that some Punjab Police officials were involved with anti-social elements. As such, fair investigation would not be conducted.

Virk contended all activities were part of a much larger conspiracy. Otherwise, how was it possible that the security was withdrawn almost simultaneously when killers were hired to get the petitioner's husband killed. The withdrawal of security has its own procedure, based on evaluation of threat perception, he added.

Virk submitted Balwinder Singh and his family stood neck-high against militancy. Resultantly, they were attacked multiple times in 1990-91 by militants.

"On some occasions, more than 200 terrorists attacked at once and the petitioner and her family fought with all their bravery and never turned their back to such attacks," Virk added.

from The Tribune

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