SIT arrests former SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma in Behbal Kalan police firing case

SIT arrests former SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma in Behbal Kalan police firing case

Agency News

Jalandhar, Jan. 27 : Special Investigating Team (SIT) on early Sunday morning swooped the house of former Moga SSP Charanjit Singh Sharma at Hoshiarpur and formally arrested him in a case pertaining to allegedly leading the police party that opened fire on the Sikh crowds at Behbal Kalan protesting against the Bargadi Sacrilege incident in which two Sikh youths were killed and several others were injured on October 14, 2015.

Mr Sharma was holding dual charge as SSP, Faridkot also at that time.

According to information, Mr. Sharma initially resisted his arrest and made a futile attempt to jump over a wall but was nabbed. Soon after, he was said to have been taken to Amritsar for interrogation.

Meanwhile IGP, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, who is heading the SIT team, claimed that Mr. Sharma was planning to leave the country when he was arrested by the SIT team. He had obtained visas of Canada, US and UK to flee from the country.

This is the first arrest after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had uphold the Inquiry Report of the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission on 2015 sacrilege case and police firing on the peaceful agitators demanding arrest of those responsible for sacrilege.

It is pertinent to mention that the Commission had in its report named several police officers also responsible for the unprovoked firing on the Sikhs. The police officers named by the commission apart from Charanjit Singh Sharma, include Bikramjit Singh (now assistant commandant, 4th Commando Battalion, Mohali), along with inspector Pardip Singh and sub inspector Amarjit Singh and some identified police officers and officials booked u/s, 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and the Arms Act at the Bajakhana police station.

The team also conducted the raid at the residence of Amarjit Singh Chahal, the then SHO of Bajakhana police station but was found absconding. (UNI)