Jalandhar | February 20, 2006 3:46:00 PM IST
Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) and Khalra Mission Committee have sought the Supreme Court’s intervention for re-opening of the cases against former militants, who were falsely declared dead in ”fake encounters” and then mysteriosly ”resurfaced to join the national mainstream” with changed identity.
These organisations also demanded an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into all fake encounter cases during the period of militancy in Punjab and stringent action against guilty police officials, including Director General of Police (DGP) S S Virk.
Talking to reporters today, PHRO Chairman Justice(retd) Ajit Singh Bains said the DGP and former militant Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi had themselves admitted to the fake encounters. He said they had also acknowledged that former militants were allowed to change their identity and then permitted to lead a ”normal life”.
He said that since the police chief had himself accepted the truth then the rule of law should apply on those who are responsible for mass killings of innocent people and fake police encounters.
Mr Bains said that his organisation alongwith other human rights groups had decided to send a memorandum to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and others concerned, demanding an inquiry into such cases by a Supreme Court Judge.
He said that if required these orgnaisations would file a public interest litigation(PIL) before the court.