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Posted at: May 27, 2019, 5:23 PM; last updated: May 28, 2019, 6:53 AM (IST)

Kunwar Vijay Pratap reinstated as member of SIT probing sacrilege, firing cases

Kunwar Vijay Pratap reinstated as member of SIT probing sacrilege, firing cases
Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh.

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 27

After a brief hiatus into which he was forced by the Election Commission order shifting him out, IG Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh is back to take forward the SIT probe into the sacrilege cases and unprovoked incidents of police firing that had rocked Punjab under the SAD-BJP regime. 

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who also heads the Home Department, had, during his election campaign, categorically announced that IG Kunwar Pratap would be back to complete and take the SIT investigations to their logical conclusion the day after the election code of conduct is lifted. 

It may be noted that the code of conduct formally ended on Sunday evening.

In the orders issued today on behalf of the Governor of Punjab, Home Secretary NS Kalsi said Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh is transferred and posted as IGP, OCCU (Organised Crime Control Unit), with Additional Charge of IGP, Counter Intelligence, Amritsar.

The IG had been posted to Counter Intelligence after he was shifted out of OCCU on EC orders for alleged violation of the model of code conduct, a charge which even the Chief Minister had stated as incorrect. 

He was also the victim of abusive threats from SAD leader Bikram Majithia during the course of election campaigning, resulting in a case of intimidation and defamation being filed by the Punjab government.

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh was an active part of the SIT investigations into the Bargari and other sacrilege incidents, and the subsequent Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura firing, when he was shunted out by EC orders. 

Capt Amarinder had alleged the orders were issued at the behest of the ruling BJP – an ally of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), whose top leaders, including the Badals, have figured in the investigations so far. The Ranjit Singh Commission, set up by the Capt Amarinder government to probe the cases, had suggested further investigation into the role of the Badals, which the SIT was further probing.

Capt Amarinder has repeatedly maintained that the firing on peaceful protestErs could not have been possible without the knowledge of then chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and then Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, who also held the Home portfolio. The Chief Minister has promised stringent action, as per the law, against those found culpable by the SIT.

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