India: Saka Nakodar 1986 – Second Part Of Justice Gurnam Singh Commission Report ‘Missing’

JALANDHAR: Punjab Assembly records claim they do not have the second part of a report furnished by Justice Gurnam Singh Commission regarding the police firing at Nakodar on February 4, 1986 in which four Sikh youths were killed.

This has been revealed by the assembly secretary in a communique to the leader of the opposition Harpal Singh Cheema who had sought the details. The second part of the report included statements of witnesses in addition to further crucial evidence.

Justice Gurnam Singh had submitted his report on October 31, 1986 to the Punjab government, but it was not tabled in the
assembly at that time. Following recent questions raised in the state assembly by MLAs H S Phoolka, Kanwar Sandhu, Gurpartap Singh Wadala and Kultar Singh Sandhwan, it was revealed that the report was tabled on March 2001.

After the copy of the report came out in the public domain, the index of the report mentioned two parts – first the report
including details of the incident, discussion on evidence and conclusions along with two annexures. The second section contained a file of affidavits, file of evidences and file of documents. Proceedings of the assembly on March 5, 2001 revealed that only part one of the report was tabled in the assembly.

Leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema later sought from the assembly secretariat part two of the report, if it was tabled in the assembly. Assembly secretary Shashi Lakhanpal Mishra in her reply to Cheema has said that there is no information available about part two of the report.

A petition was filed in Punjab and Haryana high court in the first week of February by Bapu Baldev Singh of village Littran. His son Ravinder Singh was among the four Sikh youths killed in police firing. Bapu Baldev Singh has been urging the setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the killing of the four Sikh youths in police firing. In his petition filed through advocate H C Arora, the petition had sought registration of FIR against then district magistrate Darbara Guru, SSP Izhar Alam and SP (Operations) Ashwani Kumar Sharma.

The high court had asked for production of annexures of the judicial enquiry report and the Bench also wanted to know precisely if Vidhan Sabha discussed the enquiry report in 2001 and the decision taken by it on the recommendations. Darbara is now SAD (Badal) candidate from Fatehgarh Sahib while Alam and his wife are also part of the same party.