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    HC serves notices on Central Govt, CBI | ActionPunjab

    PTC Punjab Desk: In a significant development, the Punjab and Haryana High Cout has served notices on the Central Government  and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking an investigation into the cases of missing youths in Punjab during the terrorism period from 1984 to 1994.

    The PIL, filed by the Documentation and Advocacy Project of Punjab, urges the Punjab and Haryana Court to order an inquiry into thousands of extrajudicial killings carried out by the police during the 10-year period. The court’s attention has been drawn to the discreet and silent cremation of the victims, emphasising the need for an investigation into these cases by a retired Supreme Court judge or the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to ensure a fair and impartial inquiry.

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    Advocate RS Bains, representing the petitioner organisation, highlighted that the Supreme Court had previously directed an investigation into a similar case in 1995, where a letter from GS Tohra prompted the CBI to examine extrajudicial killings. The CBI, in its 1996 report submitted to the Supreme Court, revealed that unauthorised cremations of 984 individuals occurred only in Tarn Taran and Amritsar cremation grounds between 1984 and 1994.

    Advocate RS Bains further informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court that between 1984 and 1995, approximately 6,733 encounters, custodial deaths, and disposal of bodies had been documented. However, a mere two percent of police officials and personnel involved in these incidents were found guilty. 

    This PIL, supported by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project and nine other individuals, calls for a high-level probe, punishment for guilty police officials and compensation for the victims. 

    Author: actionpunjab

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