SACRILEGE OF GURU GRANTH SAHIB FEROZEPUR FIRING CASE: FORENSIC REPORTS OF PUNJAB AND CHANDIGARH CONTRADICT EACH OTHER

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The Hush Post: The investigation into the 2015 Behbal Kalan firing incident in Ferozepur in which two persons protesting sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib were killed, remains inconclusive even after two years and setting up of two inquiry commissions. It  remains to be ascertained as to who fired upon the protestors even as separate forensic reports filed by Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Chandigarh and that of the Punjab FSL contradict each other.

The main evidence in the case happens to be the bullets which were recovered from bodies of the victims- Gurjeet Singh and Krishan Bhagwan Singh. Six others were injured in the incident.

The Central forensic laboratory in Chandigarh, in its report to the inquiry commission has stated that the bullets which were sent to it for investigation were fired from an SLR. However, the report says that it is difficult to say from which SLR the bullets were fired from as they have been badly ‘tampered’ with. It has also recommended action against the erring officials.

Meanwhile, Punjab’s forensic lab has provided a different report for the same set of bullets. Punjab FSL states that the bullets haven’t at all been fired from the concerned SLR. It doesn’t touch the aspect of bullet tampering.

With two different reports at its disposal, the Inquiry Commission too is facing a terrible dilemma. Former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, Justice Ranjit Singh (retd), who heads the Commission, has directed DGP Suresh Arora to investigate the matter.

Justice Ranjit Singh Commission was appointed in April 2017 by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh when he came into power. The new panel replaced Zora Singh Commission which was appointed by the previous SAD-BJP regime. The Congress government had termed Zora Singh Commission’s report as inconclusive.

Two persons were killed and six others injured when police fired upon people protesting over sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib in Behbal Kalan village of Faridkot in October of 2015. Pertinently, witnesses in the local court had accused senior officers, including Inspector General (IG) Paramraj Singh Umranangal, SSP Charanjit Sharma, SP Bikramjit Singh and SHO Amarjit Singh, of the firing.

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