Two days after a special CBI court convicted and sentenced two Punjab Police officers for the fake encounter killing of a 15-year-old boy 26 years ago, the victim’s mother on Friday said she hoped the guilty policemen were made to serve the full sentence of life term handed to them.
Raghubir Singh, the then Station House Officer (SHO) of Beas police station, and Dara Singh, a sub-inspector at the same police station at the time of the encounter, were convicted and sentenced to life term for killing 15-year-old Harpal Singh at Nijjar village in Amritsar district on September 18, 1992.
Living at the house of her son-in-law Malkiat Singh, retired from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), in village Kot Baghta in Gurdaspur, Harpal’s mother Balwinder Kaur (70) said, “I had adopted Harpal Singh as I had no son. He was sleeping when the police came to our house in the morning. His hands were tied and he was dragged into the police car in front of all villagers. Inspector Ram Lubhaya was heading the police party. There was such terror of police at the time that no villager dared ask them why they were taking away Harpal Singh.”