Pilibhit Sikh encounter of 1991, 47 policemen found guilty
Lucknow: In an 25-year old infamous case , a local CBI court has found 47 policemen guilty of killing 11 sikhs in fake encounter in Pilibhit district. The quantum of punishment will be announced during hearing on April 4 next.
- According to the special prosecutor Satish Chandra Jaiswal, the incident was of July 12, 1991.
- A group of 25 sikhs were returning after paying obeisance at Nanakmatha Patna sahib, Huzoor Sahib and other Gurudwaras.
- Eleven of these sikhs were deboarded from the bus near Kachalaghat in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh at 1100 hrs by the police.
- They were dubbed as terrorits and were killed in fake encounters at difefrent places.
- Cases with regards to encounters were lodged at Bilsara, Noria and Puranpur police stations.
- They were shown to be possessing illegal arms and alleged to have fired at the police party.
Supreme Court ordered CBI probe:
- Lawyer R S Sodhi filed the application for CBI probe in the Supreme Court.
- The Apex Court ordered CBI probe into the matter.
- CBI filed a chargesheet in the Court on June 12, 1995 and found 57 policemen guilty of fake encounter.
- Ten of these died during the hearing while 47 remaining were finally convicted by the special CBI court.
- The CBI judge Lallo Singh said the policemen were guilty of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy.
- They had been charged under sections 302,364, 365, 218,117 and 120B.
Who were involved:
- Among those found guilty are Gyan Giri, Lakhan Singh, Harpal Singh, Krishna Veer Singh, Karan Singh, Nemchandra, Satyendra Singh, Mohd Anees, Nathu Singh, Veerpal Singh, Dinesh Singh, Arvind Singh, Ram Nagina, Vijendra Singh, M P Vimal, Surjeet Singh, Satya Pal Singh, Ram Chandra Singh and Harpal Singh.