AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Various human rights organizations—Khalra Mission Organization (KMO), Punjab Human Rights Organization (PHRO) and Manukhi Adhikar Insaaf Sangharsh Committee (MAISC)—today staged a protest at Bhandari bridge here demanding the arrest of the infamous former Punjab DGP Sumedh Saini who is absconding in the 1991 Balwant Singh Multani disappearance case.
The demonstration that lasted for around three hours along the roadside of the bridge, was led by Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra, wife of Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra, who was kidnapped and murdered by Indian security forces including Punjab Police for exposing mass extra-judicial killings and disappearances of the Sikhs in Punjab and raising this issue before the International community.
Carrying small placards in their hands, the protesting human rights activists raised slogans against the infamous police officer and demanded he is arrested at the earliest and declared as “terrorist” as he has murdered scores of innocent Sikh youths in cold blood. “The Police are deliberately delaying his arrest and providing him a chance to secure relief from the Supreme Court in which he has filed a petition for bail after both the petitions were rejected by Punjab and Haryana High Court”, said Bibi Khalra, while addressing the protesters.
Advocate Jagdeep Singh Randhawa said, “Badal Dal, Congress and BJP are equally responsible for the massacre of the Sikhs in this country. It was the alliance government of Badal Dal which claims itself as the representative party of the Sikhs, and BJP, that gave reins of the Punjab Police to Saini despite knowing his past. It was like rubbing the wounds of Sikhs with salt”.
“When the Badal Dal formed government, it was its moral duty to deliver justice to the grieving families of those who were disappeared and killed in fake encounters by the Police and those dead bodies were cremated as unidentified dead bodies in the crematoriums. However, it felicitated these killer cops with key posts in the government. So, the people of Punjab need justice today”, he added.
Notably, Saini is turning out to be a focus in Punjab politics nowadays and all eyes are on his arrest. Yesterday, a Mohali court issued an arrest warrant against in this case.The court has directed the police to produce Saini by September 25, according to the order.
Saini, the former Punjab director-general of police, continues to remain elusive despite the special investigation team of the Punjab Police conducting raids at several places to nab him.