No whereabouts of two picked up from Sangrur
Published: February 19, 2010
Patiala (February 19, 2010): The family of two brothers, who are missing since Saturday, moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court and the Punjab Human Rights Commission, yesterday but there is no information regarding their whereabouts.
The family of Jasbir Singh and Darshan Singh, sons of Gajjan Singh of Manki village near Malerkotla, allege that the two have been illegally detained by the police. The Punjab Police had taken the two of them from their residence on Saturday and they have not returned since. Jasbir’s wife and his cousin Balbir Singh, along with Panchayat member Harjinder Singh are now making all efforts to know their whereabouts. Yesterday they addressed the media at Patiala and it is expected that today they will be approaching high ups in Punjab Police.
The family has also approached Sikhs for Human Rights, an organization working for the protection of human rights, which is now moving their plea in the High Court and Human Rights Commission. Lakhwinder Singh, secretary of the organisation, said the police must define the cases against the two or free them, as their detention was against the law.
Karamjit Kaur, wife of Jasbir Singh, alleged that on February 13 police officers, in plain clothes, entered their house forcibly and took them along without any warrant or legal document. On being questioned, one of the cops, Gurmail Singh, claimed that they were being taken to the intelligence wing of the Punjab Police. On February 15, the police again raided their house. They brought Darshan Singh with them. On not finding anything incriminating, they left taking Darshan Singh along, Karmjit alleged.
Meanwhile, the Sikhs for Human Rights has requested the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to intervene in the matter.
The Punjab Police officials and the AIG of Counter Intelligence Pritpal Singh Virk denied the charges and said they did not know about the whereabouts of the two, but yesterday when during press conference Advocate Lakhwinder Singh Kaliraun made a call to Virk to know the whereabouts of the duo, he told him that investigations are going on and family can approach him on Friday.
SSP Denies Allegations
Patiala (February 19, 2010 – Gagandeep Ahuja)
On the other hand, the Senior Superintendent of Patiala Police Ranbir Singh Khatra has denied that police has picked up 2 youths from Sangrur district and kept them as illegal detention.
He however confirmed that police has conducted the raid for the arrest of both following the lead received from the arrested militants during their police remand. He said that before the police party reached there to arrest them they both have fled from their house.
Khatra said that Patiala police has arrested two thieves Kuldeep Singh and Jagdish singh earlier this week. They both have confessed during the interrogation that they have stole a maruti car from Rampura Phul and sold to Jasbir Singh and Darshan Singh of Manki village of Sangrur district. The same car has been recovered from Sidwan village near Halwar airforce station. A bomb has been recovered from the same car which has been carrying fake number plate, the SSP claimed. He said that there could have been connection between Halwara bomb and the bomb which was recovered from LPG bottling plant at Nabha of this district earlier this month.
Khatra claimed that car thieves have sold the said car to Jasbir Singh and Darshans Singh for merely RS. 40000. A police party has conducted the raid to nab both of them to investigate the matter further.