Ajay Bharadwaj, Monday, February 20, 2006 00:15 IST
CHANDIGARH: Punjab DGP SS Virk, who landed in a controversy for declaring a former hardcore militant dead and later rehabilitating him in Jalandhar, on Sunday verified this. The DGP hit out at the media for sensationalising the entire incident and said that not only Sukhvinder Singh Sukhi but many other terrorists too had been rehabilitated in a similar manner.
Sukhi, a hardcore militant, reportedly involved in about half a dozen killings, was declared dead by the police in 1992. He was then given a pseudo identity and made to join the mainstream on Virk’s behalf, who was then the DIG, CRPF, in Jalandhar. Sukhi adopted a name, Hardeep Kahlon, and started working as a travel agent in Jalandhar.
Sukhi made a disclosure about the patronage enjoyed from Virk to a local daily last week. Virk said the Punjab police had made at least 300-odd militants give up arms and join the mainstream in national interest.
The DGP said the entire exercise was part of a wider strategy to bring militants to their knees and both the Central and the state government were kept in the loop.
He said he would not disclose the identity of the other militants, who were now leading a normal life as it would be tantamount to breaching mutual trust.