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Mohali Turban Case – Sukhbir orders Criminal Case against SP & SHO
April 21 , 2011


SP Pritam Singh - The 'Sikh' Officer involved in the incident

Chandigarh, 4 April:

Yes, they will be booked and they are likely to be arrested.

Punjab Government has ordered the registration of a criminal case against already suspended SP Pritam Singh and SHO Kulbhushan Kumar, the two police officials involved in a unfortunate incident in which the Turban of a Sikh protester Jagjit Singh was taken off outside the Cricket Stadium in Mohali.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who holds Home portfolio also, Monday ordered the registration of a criminal case against the two cops for the incident which happened last week.

One of the rural pharmacists, a Sikh, protesting in Mohali for urging the government to concede to their demands, had his turban taken off by Kulbhushan Kumar on the direction of SP Pritam Singh, himself a turban wearing Sikh.

The Sikh protester, was later identified as Jagjit Singh of Verka in District Amritsar.

The clipping of the unfortunate incident landed on the net and the Sikh Community expressed shock and resentment over the incident. Widespread anger and demand of dismissal of the two cops, registration of a case against them and their arrest got stronger by each passing day.

Kulbhushan Kumar - More than ready to execute the orders.

A case under section 295-A (causing hurt to religious sentiments) has been ordered to be registered against the erring cops, it was told on behalf of the Deputy CM.

It may be recalled that the Deputy Chief Minister had ordered the immediate suspension of the SP and the SHO and had ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.

The inquiry was conducted by M.S. Kainth, I AS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, SAS Nagar and submitted to the Principal Secretary (Home) Mr. D.S. Bains.

The Enquiry Officer, after considering all facts and going through the video footage of the incident available on the Internet, recommended stern action against the concerned officials.

In a statement, Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the government can not allow anyone, no matter how high, to show disrespect to the religious symbols of any community.

Hailing the decision of the government, Navkiran Singh, a Senior Lawyer and a representative of ‘Lawyers for Human Rights’ and ‘Sikhs for Justice’ has demanded that both the police officials be dismissed. SGPC, United Sikhs, AISSF, Dal Khalsa, Khalsa Action Committee and so many other organisations had strongly demanded the registration of a criminal case against the two cops.

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