The police party that shot Mukha claimed that they had to fire gushots in retaliation after they were shot at.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing of Akali leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha has indicted eight police officers, who were part of a team that shot him dead on June 16 last year in Verka near Amritsar.
The SIT, headed by IPS officer G Nageswara Rao, has recommended that all eight be charged under Section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Following the submission of the SIT report to Amritsar Commissioner of Police Amar Singh Chahal, a criminal case was registered against all the eight policemen in Amritsar Wednesday. However, they are yet to be arrested.The eight policemen are Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar, then in-charge of Amritsar anti-narcotics cell, Assistant Sub-Inspector Joginder Singh, head constables Rajesh Kumar, Jasbir Singh, Navjot Singh, Ranbir Singh and Sandeep Kumar and constable Satwinderjit Singh.
Mukha’s family wants all the eight to be booked for murder. They have been alleging that it was a case of “contract killing” and that Mukha was shot because of political rivalry. His family has also filed a case in an Amritsar court seeking murder charge against the eight cops, which is pending. The SIT, however, ruled out any angle of contract killing in Mukha’s death.
The police party that shot Mukha claimed that they had to fire gushots in retaliation after they were shot at.
However, the SIT trashed this version. The SIT investigations revealed that Mukha did not open fire. The SIT noted that the “circumstances” were such that they led to firing, in which Mukha died.