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Extra Judicial Killing: After 31 years, CBI Court Jails Ex-Officer of Punjab Police

April 6, 2024 | By

Mohali/Chandigarh: On 30 March 2024 in a 32-year-old case, a Special CBI court sentenced recently ex-SP Amarjit Singh to 10 years imprisonment for the abduction of Balwinder Singh of village Jhabal, Tarn Taran.

According to the prosecution case, on 4 October 1992, Balwinder Singh’s wife Rajwant Kaur and mother Gurbachan Kaur were picked up by a police party headed by DSP Ashok Kumar and SHO police station Jhabhal, Amarjit Singh. Later in the day, Balwinder Singh was picked up.

Gurbachan Kaur was released after four days. Rajwant was released after eight days. After fifteen days, the police disclosed that Balwinder had been taken to Ferozepur. That was the last anybody heard of him. Since the victim went missing, the family claimed that they have not even gotten the death certificate.

The CBI chargesheet, under Sections 120-B and 364 of the Indian Penal Code, was filed on 16 Sep 1999 and charges were framed in 2000.

Notably, Ashok Kumar died during the trial and proceedings against him were stayed. Nine out of fifteen witnesses also died. Senior advocate Sarabjit Singh Verka had pursued the case. The case has also been referred to the District Legal Service Authority for compensation to the victim’s family, including three children.

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