AAP welcomes the report of ‘People’s commission’ headed by Justice Markandey Katju and demands its implementation in letter and spirit, said the party spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira.
As we aware, votaries of human rights in Punjab had set up a people’s commission under the supervision of Justice Markandey Katju, to enquire into the illegitimate police firing at Behbal Kalan in the month of October 2015.
Needless to mention, Justice Katju who retired as a judge of the Supreme Court and Chairman of Press Council of India, carries the reputation of a truthful and an honest legal luminary and social activist. The Katju commission was formed to enquire into the killing of two innocent Sikh youth at Behbal Kalan (Faridkot), in the aftermath of repeated incidents of sacrilege of Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji. People of Punjab were up in arms against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and were peacefully demanding strict action against the guilty. But unfortunately the Badal government instead of arresting the guilty persons responsible for the sacrilege, ordered an indiscriminate firing and lathicharge on innocent people at Behbal Kalan on 14 October 2015. The police firing left two innocent Sikh youth Krishan Avtar Singh and Gurjeet Singh dead on the spot, while scores of women, men and old people were seriously injured in the brutal use of force.
Khaira said in a statement that It is astonishing and surprising that the Badal government failed to identify the killers of these innocent Sikh youth and the FIR into Behbal Kalan police firing, remains against unidentified persons till date. This is nothing but the mockery of law as it were the police officers in uniform who had killed the innocent Sikh youth.
He furher sataed that the Badal government in order to hoodwink the agitated people of Punjab had set up the Justice Zora Singh Commission, to look into the firing incident. It has been a usual practice for the senior Badal to appoint such premeditated and politically motivated commissions of enquiry, in order to get a clean chit from them. Earlier, Badal had appointed Justice AN Jindal Commission into the Maluka book scandal, that gave a clean chit to the corrupt Minister despite blatant evidence against him.
Khaira alleged that the said Justice Zora Singh Commission has been appointed by Badal, after a commitment of giving a clean chit to the guilty police officers and his son Sukhbir Badal as the Home Minister of Punjab. Hence, AAP trashes and outrightly rejects the government sponsored Zora Singh Commission, as it has been formed only to protect guilty persons and sign on dotted lines of the government.
Therefore, Aam Aadmi Party welcomes the report of People's Commission by Justice Markandey Katju and urges the government to implement the said report in letter and spirit, to ensure justice to the aggrieved families and victims of police firing at Behbal Kalan. It supports the contention of the Katju Commission for strict action against police officers who ordered the firing without a magistrate being present on the scene. AAP also demands to make public the call records the then SSP Faridkot, who probably got the firing orders from none other but the junior Badal Deputy CM cum Home Minister. AAP also supports the recommendation of Rs. 1 crore compensation and a government job to the families of the deceased, said the statement.