Punjab News Simranjit seeks inquiry in 1992 fake encounter case


Staff member
Chandigarh April 13:

Shiromani Akali Dal’s Amritsar president and former Member of Parliament Simranjit Singh Mann moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking an independent inquiry into the killing of former Akal Takht’s ex-officiating Jathedar alleging a fake encounter in 1992.

Bringing to life the murder of Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke nearly two decades after he was allegedly tortured to death in police custody, Mann claimed that the ex-jathedar was picked up by a police party in December 1992. “Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke was picked up by police party headed by Gurmeet Sing of CIA Staff, Jagraon, on December 20, 1992, and his whereabouts are not knows since then,” he stated in the petition.

The petition filed will likely be placed before the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for hearing after the High Court opens after the week-long vacation on April 18. The petitioner also stated that Parkash Singh Badal, then also the Chief Minister, ordered a probe on July 6, 1998, after hue and cry was raised.

The probe was to be conducted by IPS officer BP Tiwari. “After holding thorough inquiry, the ADGP came to the conclusion that on December 23, 1992, the then Inspector Gurmit Singh, SHO Jagraon, and now DSP Amloh, along with arrested Kaunke from his house, and he never come back.