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Summon K.P.S. Gill, says Khalra’s wife Tribune News Service


Chandigarh, February 21

The wife of missing human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra today asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to seek the summoning of Punjab’s former Director-General of Police K.P.S. Gill for his alleged involvement in “encouraging custodial deaths and fake encounters†during the period of militancy.

“The CBI should make up for the lapse it had earlier committed by omitting Gill’s name from the chargesheet and should move the court for summoning him in the Khalra case,†Ms Paramjit Kaur asserted. She was accompanied by several human rights activists. She alleged that Mr Gill had in fact masterminded innocent Khalra’s killing.

Khalra had disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1995. A witness in his disappearance case had told the court that he had seen Mr Gill going into a room in which Khalra was being kept at Manawala in Tarn Taran.

Addressing a press conference this morning, his wife said “between January 23 and till date at least three crucial eyewitnesses have shed their fear and told the court how Jaswant Singh was abducted, detained in a police station, done to death and the body thrown into a canal without last rites ....â€

She added: “Burial with honour is accorded even to an enemy soldier, but was not granted to Jaswant Singh Khalra in his own country though he was exposing the cremation of about 25,000 bodies by policemen in the cremation grounds of Amritsar and Tarn Taran.â€

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