Pamma complains against extradition team members

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Consolidating his case against getting extradited to India, Paramjit Singh ‘Pamma’, who was recently nabbed by the Portugal police, has now moved a complaint against the three Punjab police personnel who have gone there for his extradition.
In his complaint that was filed with the Portugal authorities through his solicitors Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of USA and UK-based Amarjit Singh Bhachu and was signed by Pamma himself, he has alleged that one of the policemen sent to extradite him, SP, Mohali, Ashish Kapoor, had tortured him in police custody.
The other two, including DIG, Patiala, Balkar Singh Sidhu and DSP, Rajpura, Rajinder Singh Sohal, ‘faced charges of crimes against prisoners.’
The complaint has been filed with the Portuguese Ministry of Justice.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Sikh Council of UK stated that “Paramjit Singh’s legal team is keen to ensure that every avenue is pursued for his release and return home. The filing of this criminal complaint is an important step not only in Paramjeet Singh’s case but also in the pursuit of justice by countless victims of torture and extra-judicial killings at the hands of Indian security services over many years.”
While Mohali SP Ashish Kapoor could not be contacted for comments, DIG, Patiala, Balkar Singh Sidhu — who had yesterday returned from Portugal — said that anyone could file a complaint but there was ‘no truth in it’.
The DIG said that in his complaint, Pamma had alleged that he was tortured by the police at Mohali and Ropar, but he (Sidhu) was never posted there.
The Indian Government’s team, comprising officials from the Punjab and Jaipur police, had submitted documents seeking extradition of Paramjit Singh Pamma in a Lisbon court recently. However, the extradition process was delayed as a Portuguese court extended his detention till February 15.
He was arrested last month while he was in the Algarve region of Portugal on a holiday with his family. He had taken political asylum in the UK in 1999 and has been in the European nation since then.