Eight police personnel were today booked for the death of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha in a “fake” encounter in June last year. They have been charged under Section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and will be arrested soon, said Police Commissioner Amar Singh Chahal. A case was registered on the recommendations of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) constituted to probe the murder.Those booked are Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar, in charge of the anti-narcotic cell at that time, ASI Joginder Singh, Head Constables Ranbir Singh, Rajesh Kumar, Jasbir Singh, Sandeep Kumar and Navjot Singh and Constable Satwinderjit Singh. Mukha was shot near Mudhal village on June 16, 2015, when a police party was searching for notorious Gurdaspur gangster Jaggu Bhagwanpurian. On Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar’s statement that the “suspect” had opened fire at the police and had been killed in the retaliatory firing, Mukha was booked for attempt to murder and under the Arms Act.The killing triggered angry protests by the residents and local politicians and the city police had to suspend its two officers who had led the team that killed Mukha. Also, 10 police personnel were transferred.The police claimed it was a case of mistaken identity. This was contested by Mukha’s family. A preliminary probe found several chinks in the police story and so did the SIT. Forensic teams that visited the “encounter” site said they had found no evidence to suggest that Mukha had fired at the police team.
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