( The Punjab and Haryana high court ) HC notice Govt on pleas seeking quashing of Kotkapura FIR. The petitions also demand transfer of the probe into the 2015 FIR to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
People have lost faith in the judiciary system because of the delay in the implementation of punishment of the real culprits involved in the Kotkapura firing case in 2015. This unfortunate incident took place in 2015 and the FIR was registered in 2018. Probably one of the biggest questions is why it took 3 years to register an FIR in the case.
HC Notice to Govt on Petitions Seeking Quashing of 2018 Kotkapura Police Firing FIR
Justice Sudhir Mittal of The High Court has also asked the response of the government by April 1st. The petitions have been filed by Rashpal Singh (Retired Head Constable) who sustained injuries during the clash and Gurdeep Singh (Sub-Inspector) considered as one of the accused in the sacrilege case. The petitions also claimed that the probe of the 2015 Kotkapura firing case should be handed over to CBI.
Besides, they also claimed that the FIR made in 2018 shows that it has been made by one of the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) Kunwar Vijay Pratap whereas other members of the investigation team expressed their disapproval. There are daggers drawn in SIT probing the Sacrilege case.
The policemen, who got injured in the incident, are left to watch the political battle between the two regimes and Special Investigation Team. The investigation team is probing the case in a biased manner and they are determined to involve top police officials. The plea alleged that they are also suppressing the real facts from the court.
Subsequent FIR in Kotkapura Firing Case Challenged
The petitioner argued that the FIR lodged on August 7, 2018 for the fatal incident is illegal as Ajit Singh (complainant in the latest FIR) never made a complaint to the police.
They also argued that the registration of the criticized FIR is not in favor of settled principles because of Supreme Court observations that a second FIR with reference to an offense or a different offense carried out in the course of the same transaction is not forbidden.
In these years, this high-profile case has seen numerous ups and downs. Mantar Singh Brar (former MLA of Akali Dal) was the first politician to be named as the main accused in the Kotkapura FIR.
Initially, Mantar Brar refused that he never had a word with the then Chief Minister of the ruling party. However, he took a U-turn and confessed in front of a five-member SIT (headed by ADGP Prabodh Kumar) of being in contact with the minister, top police officials, and the administrators. He was continuously having a word with the top police officials before and after the police action in Kotkapura.
Political Pressure to Influence PS Umranangal Case
Ex MLA Brar anticipating his imminent arrest, he moved an anticipatory bail in District and Session Court of Faridkot. But, Judge Harpal Singh rejected his plea for anticipatory bail application.
Mantar Singh also tried to use his political position to influence officials and also didn’t allow other injured persons from getting medical treatment as the medico reports were not ready.
As everyone knows IG Umranangal arrest by SIT politically motivated. We have seen that Mohinder Pal Bittu, main accused in the Bargari sacrilege cases, confessed the wrongdoing on the basis of which he even got arrested from Himachal Pradesh and was sent to Patiala Jail. Unfortunately, before he can give his acceptance statement, he was killed by the two jail inmates, Gursewak Singh and Maninder Singh.
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In the case of Mohinder Pal Singh, it can be said that his death was the result of the sheer negligence of the police. The police authorities should have taken extra steps to ensure his security as he was the main accused of the Bargari sacrilege cases. As discussed above, he was killed by the two jail inmates which show the security lapse by the police authorities. This is, indeed, a matter of concern.
Even there is video evidence where the protesters can be clearly seen attacking the police team. Even swords and iron rods were also recovered from the protesters. They also set fire to the police vehicles in which one of the drivers of the police vehicle also got injured and they damaged public property as well.
Justice Will Prevail in Paramraj Singh Umranangal Case
Paramraj Singh Umranangal has served many years in the police. He has always done his duty with honesty, commitment, and dedication owing to which he has been honored with several gallantry awards.
It is not wrong to say that the arrest of IG Umranangal is politically motivated. Even the SIT is not on the same page and they have somewhere derailed the whole investigation. Just like other high-profile cases, this case has also become the victim of political interference, thus leading to the delayed decision.
Now, even after four years, people are still positive that justice will prevail in IPS Umranangal Case and the real culprits will be prosecuted. Numerous innocent lives were lost and many were injured during the clash between the police and the protesters. Kin of all those who died and got hurt, during the clashes, are still waiting for justice.
This case is an example which proves that there is a need to cut the political interference in police affairs.