Tribune News Service
Faridkot, August 13
The special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2015 Kotkapura firing case today presented a chargesheet in the court of Judicial Magistrate (Class I) against former SHO Gurdeep Singh Pandher and SP Baljeet Singh.
The SIT has accused both police officers of tampering with evidence in the police firing incident of October 14, 2015, at Kotkapura.
By adding Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) of the IPC in the FIR and nominating Pandher and Baljeet Singh as the accused, the SIT alleged that both police officers framed many innocent persons in the police firing case at Kotkapura.
The SIT alleged the police officers, posted at Kotkapura at that time, failed in handling the situation arising out of the dharna being held to protest sacrilege incidents at Kotkapura, and also fabricated evidence.
It alleged Pandher and Baljit Singh made an attempt to destroy 11 pieces of evidence, manipulated and fabricated the relevant facts of the case and did not take any action on the medico legal reports of the persons injured in the police firing.
The SIT claimed that both of them were the jurisdictional officers under whose area the incident of firing took place. Besides destroying the material evidence, they were part of a conspiracy to concoct a story of self-defence whereas the names of police officials mentioned by them had said in their statements that they did not fire any shot during the protest.
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