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POOHLA MURDER CASE - NAVTEJ SINGH AND HARCHAND SINGH ACQUITTED IN COURT TODAY 

Today in Amritsar, Judge Gurbir Singh fully acquitted all of the accused in the Ajit Poohla murder case. In 2008, Ajit Poohla was burnt to death in Amritsar Central jail where he was serving a sentence in some criminal case. The police named 6 people as the accused in this case, including Navtej Singh Gaggu from Batala, Harchand Singh from Mari Kamboke and Dr. Harnek Singh from Tarn Taran district. Three others had already been ‘discharged’ by the trial court.

Ajit Poohla, who had disguised himself as a Nihang, was responsible for committing heinous crimes and severe human rights abuses. He was thought to be part of the 'black-cats' of the Punjab police, who were an undisciplined force specially prepared to unlawfully ‘tackle’ the Sikh militant movement. Poohla and his gang have been accused of numerous rapes and sexual offences, they were responsible for the deaths of many young Sikh men and they wreaked havoc among the families of their victims - all in collusion with the Punjab Police. Ajit Poohla’s death was regarded by the larger Sikh community as a just punishment for a high level human rights abuser who enjoyed the impunity granted to him by state patronage. 

© The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare 2019