BADAL'S REVENGE: Death Penalty for Rajoanna and promotion of Saini DGP
CHANDIGARH, PUNJAB (KP) - During the first days of inauguration, the newly formed purported 'Panthic' government of Parkash Badal 'gifted' the Sikh community with the announcement of installing a human-rights violator to the top police post in Punjab, and the setting of the execution date for political prisoner, Balwant Singh Rajoanna.
Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoanna's execution by hanging has been set for March 31st, 2012 for his alleged association with Shaheed Bhai Dilawar Singh Babbar and Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara who were responsible for bringing the ex-Punjab Chief Minister Beant Sinh to justice, on August 31st, 1995.
While it is highly unlikely that Bhai Rajoanna will be executed in the Patiala Prison on March 31st, due to various legal complications of another case that is currently in process -it is possible that both the Akali Dal and the dubious Sant-Samaj will try to take political mileage from this whole ordeal for self-benefit.
New DGP Announcement
During the swearing in ceremony, Parkash Badal also announced that human rights violator Sumedh Saini was chosen to be the next Director General (DGP) of the Punjab Police.
Sumedh Saini, a ruthless human right violator, who kidnapped, tortured and murdered many family members of known Sikh freedom fighters during the 1980s and 90s. He was indicted in an FIR by Punjab and Haryana Courts and the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) in 2008.
Mass Murderer Modi, Sant-Samaj and Nihang Jathedars Attend Swearing-in Ceremony
The ceremony was also attended by the notorious Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister of Gujrat, who is accused of orchestrating the February 2002 pogroms in which thousands of Muslim men and women and children were killed by rampaging Hindus across Gujrat.
Ironically, along with Modi, representatives from various Sant-Samaj Deras, and Nihang Dals came in full-force to congratulate the newly formed Government. The representatives stayed largely silent on the issue of Sumedh Saini and the anticipated execution of Bhai Rajoanna. The ceremonies were largely ignored and boycotted by Panthic minded activists and organizations who berated the Badal government for their role in promoting Saini and ignoring the possible fate of Rajoanna.
Along with Modi and Dhumma, scores of pro-Badal Babas and Jathedars also came to congratulate the new Badal Government
DGP Saini’s Background
Despite the official accusations, Saini continued to be promoted in from SP to SSP, and Director of Vigilance and now DGP. Despite an outcry from Panthic and human-rights organizations, the Akali-Dal continues to patronize this human right violator whose hands are stained with the blood of the innocent.
Jatana, Bhullar Family Members Murdered
In August 30th, 1991, the 95 year old grandmother of Balwinder Singh Jatana, a Babbar Khalsa activist, along with his maternal aunt, her teenage daughter and his polio ridden cousin were murdered and set on fire by Saini’s henchmen and Ajit Poohla.
Jatana Family Members: Victims of Sumedh Saini and Ajit Poohla
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The SSP of Ropar, Mr. Mustafa complained to Director General of Punjab Police that Saini himself set his farm house on fire and blamed it on “Khalistanis”, murdered Parminder Singh of Mohali in his custody and later threw his body in district Ropar and ordered the elimination of Balwinder Singh Jatana’s family.
In July, 2008, Sumedh Saini was indicted for his involvement in the torture of Balwant Singh Multani and Balwant Singh Bhullar, father of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. The CBI registered a case of abduction, illegal detention and other offences against him and three other police officers.
Saini and his associates picked up Balwant Singh Multani from a house in Phase VII, Mohali in August 1991. According to the 2008 FIR, both Balwant Singh Bhullar and Bhai Balwant Singh Multani were tortured during their detention.
Bhai Multani was illegally detained before being tortured. Balwant Singh Bhullar was also tortured, but to the extent that he lost his mental balance, the FIR asserted.
"His face was found swollen. He was brought back to Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, and tortured on the orders of and in the presence of Saini. Due to torture, Bhullar lost his mental balance and was unable to walk properly and eat anything. On the seventh day, he was segregated and taken away. The whereabouts of Balwant Singh Bhullar are not known since then..." - 2008 CBI FIR
A copy of the two-page FIR, registered under Sections 364, 343, 330, 167, 193 and 120-B on July 2, was submitted to a high court Division Bench of Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice Harbans Lal and ordered a CBI investigation into the charges.
The Punjab & Haryana High Court gave the CBI four months to complete its investigation, but in mid-July, however, the Supreme Court abruptly ended the CBI investigation.
Preliminary CBI Inquiry
A 2008 FIR by the CBI’s S.P. Singh stated: “Enquiry conducted by the CBI revealed that in regard to the bomb attack on Sumedh Singh Saini, the then SSP, Chandigarh, FIR number 334 was registered at Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, on August 29, 1991.”
“On December 11, 1991, a Chandigarh Police party headed by DSP Baldev Singh Saini raided and picked up Balwant Singh Multani, son of Darshan Singh Multani, from house number 1741, Phase VI, Mohali. He was kept in illegal custody till December 13, 1991, by the Chandigarh Police…”
“He was tortured in the presence of Saini and his men inter-alia to know the whereabouts of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. Balwant Singh Multani was also found in the custody of Police Station, Sector 17, Chandigarh, on December 17/18, 1991, in a bad condition and he was not able to walk and talk freely.”
“In police records, it is shown that Balwant Singh Multani was taken to Police Station, Qadian in Punjab, on December 18, 1991, by Sub Inspector Jagir Singh and party for tracing and arresting Navneet Singh. He was lodged in the police station lockup and he escaped from custody in the night. The whereabouts of Balwant Singh Multani is not known since then.”
Elaborating on the treatment meted out to Bhullar, the FIR says: “The police party picked up Balwant Singh Bhullar and brought him, as well as Balwant Singh Multani, to Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, on December 13, 1991.”
“They were tortured in the presence of and on the orders of Saini, the then SSP, by DSP Baldev Singh Saini and his men inter-alia to know the whereabouts of Devinder Singh Bhullar. Balwant Singh Bhullar was again brought to Dialpura Bhaike on February 2, 1992, by the Chandigarh Police for investigation. His face was found swollen. He was brought back to Sector 17 police station, Chandigarh, and tortured on the orders of and in the presence of Saini. Due to torture, Bhullar lost his mental balance and was unable to walk properly and eat anything. On the seventh day, he was segregated and taken away. The whereabouts of Balwant Singh Bhullar are not known since then. Saini had informed a witness that Balwant Singh Bhullar had died a natural death and that Devinder Singh Bhullar had tried to assassinate him.”
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