Retired Punjab DIG, ex-DSP held guilty of 1993 fake encounter | India News – Times of India

MOHALI: Special CBI court judge RK Gupta on Thursday convicted former Punjab Police DIG Dilbagh Singh and retired DSP Gurbachan Singh in a fake encounter case of 1993. The conviction came 31 years after the fake encounter and the two convicted former police officers will be sentenced on Friday.
Advocate Sarabjeet Singh Verka said the case was registered by CBI on the complaint of one Chaman Lal.Along with his sons Parveen Kumar, Bobby Kumar and Gulshan Kumar, the complainant was picked up on June 22, 1993, by a police party, headed by then DSP Dilbagh Singh and then SHO Tarn Taran city Gurbachan Singh. They were released by the police after a few days except Gulshan Kumar, a vegetable vendor.
Dilbagh Singh retired as DIG while Gurbachan Singh went on to become DSP.
The complainant claimed that his son was kept in illegal custody at Tarn Taran city police station and was killed in a staged encounter along with three other persons. Gulshan Kumar’s body was not handed over to his family and was cremated as unclaimed by the police, the complainant claimed.
The CBI on Feb 28, 1997, registered a case against DSP Dilbagh Singh and others for kidnapping, illegal confinement and then killing of Gulshan Kumar in a fake encounter after the Supreme Court, by an order dated Nov 15, 1995, handed over the case.
After completing investigation on May 7, 1999, CBI presented a chargesheet against police officials of Tarn Taran district in the case — DSP Dilbagh Singh, inspector Gurbachan Singh, ASI Arjun Singh, ASI Davinder Singh and ASI Balbir Singh. Accused Arjun Singh, Davinder Singh and Balbir Singh died during the trial and proceedings against them were abated.
Retired DIG Dilbagh Singh was convicted under Section 364 (kidnap or abduction of any person in order that such person may be murdered or may be so disposed of as to be put in danger of being murdered) and retired DSP Gurbachan Singh was convicted under sections 364, 302 (murder, kidnapping, destruction of evidences and forging original documents with intent to save accused), 218 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code.

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