Two police officers sentenced for disappearance

March 1, 2005 | Comments Off on Two police officers sentenced for disappearance

On February 26,a court in Patiala sentenced two police officers to three years in prison for causing the 1994 disappearance of Sukhpal Singh Palli, a journalist for Aj Di Awaz. The two sentenced officers are ASI Massa Singh and Havaldar Baljit Singh.

Palli was reporting for the Punjabi daily from Moonak at the time. Fifteen days before he diasappeared, Palli was picked up by the police from his home in Sekhuwas village, but was eventually released at the insistence of the village panchayat. Palli was later taken from the home of his in-laws at Chular village in Moonak, and was never seen again.

With the help of activist Inderjit Singh Jaijee and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) President Simranjit Singh Mann, his family filed a writ petition with the Supreme Court.

The Court of Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Surinder Gupta, however, acquitted the then Sangrur Senior Superintendent of Police Jasminder Singh, at present Inspector General, Computers and Wireless, in Chandigarh, Deputy Superintendent of Police Surjit Singh, presently SP, Moga, ASI Harminder Singh, Havildar Malkit Singh and Home Guards Ram Chand and Sukhwinder Singh.




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