Tribune News Service, Chandigarh, February 17
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has asked the Home Secretary, Mr A.K. Dubey, for a report on the allegations of a militant having “active links” with senior functionaries of the Punjab Police. The Chief Minister has sought a detailed factual report at the earliest on the background of militant Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi and his links, if any, with the top brass of the police.
It was reported yesterday in a section of the media that Sukhi was living under the assumed name of Harjit Singh Kahlon in Jalandhar. He is said to be a frequent visitor to the Punjab Police Headquarters in Sector 9 here, sources in the police confirmed.
Sukhi, who belongs to the Khalistan Liberation Force, had reportedly claimed said that he enjoyed the patronage of the Director-General of Punjab Police, Mr S.S. Virk.
Sources said senior officers in the Punjab Government had collected initial information in this regard from within the police force and also the Home Department.
Senior police officials are of the opinion that legally Sukhi should be arrested under the cases in which he had been arrested earlier and then declared a proclaimed offender.
Officials here have expressed shock over how Sukhi had free access to the police headquarters, where IPS officers, who are on the “hit list” of militant organisations, have their offices.
According to reports, Sukhi along with another militant, Gurjant Singh Budhsinghwala, had allegedly shot dead a Punjab Police Inspector R. Sodha. He also reportedly engineered a bomb blast in which four men of the CRPF died. He also allegedly fired at a rath yatra led by the then BJP President, Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, killing six persons in Phagwara. A truckload of weapons was also allegedly recovered from him for which he was arrested and booked.
Meanwhile, the issue has also taken a political turn. The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has shot off a letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. A delegation of the SAD will also meet the Prime Minister on the issue. Mr Badal alleged: “The SAD believes that the Chief Minster will use the state police and state intelligence to do what the central agencies had done during the eighties”.
He further alleged: “The present Chief Minister continued to maintain a private army of such dangerous undercover killers”. In his communication to the Prime Minister, Mr Badal said hardcore militants, believed to be long dead, were actually roaming around in Punjab.