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‘Fake’ police encounter that shook Punjab five decades ago

Vishav Bharti

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, July 27

On the morning of July 28, 1970, the Jalandhar police flashed the data that that they had “efficiently” averted a plot to assassinate some prime political leaders. However the concept quickly snowballed into a significant controversy as the person who fell to police bullets the earlier evening was too previous to suit into the plot.

The person was Baba Bujha Singh, an 82-year-old freedom fighter-turned-Naxalite, who was allegedly picked up by the police at Nagar village close to Phillaur and was killed in a pretend encounter.

Monday marks 50 years of the “controversial encounter”, the echo of which was heard within the Vidhan Sabha and even shook the conscience of poets.

Bujha Singh, who hailed from Chak Maidas village close to Banga, grew to become energetic within the Ghadar Motion in 1930, together with Bhagat Singh’s uncle Ajit Singh and different outstanding leaders. Since then, he remained energetic within the freedom motion and later fashioned the Kirti Celebration. When the British authorities banned the get together, he, together with a number of different leaders, joined the Congress within the mid 1930s. In his later years, Bujha Singh remained energetic within the Communist motion and was the pressure behind establishing Desh Bhagat Yadgar Corridor in Jalandhar.

When the Naxalite motion began within the late 1960s, he joined them and would maintain courses on Marxist philosophy for children. “On July 27, 1970, he was on his option to a village close to Phillaur on his bicycle to carry a category. He was unarmed and wasn’t even carrying a bag, only a few books wrapped in a khadi material. The cops apprehended him close to Nagar village,” mentioned Nawanshahr-based author Ajmer Sidhu, writer of the e book Bujha Singh: An Untold Story.

He mentioned Bujha Singh was taken to the Banga Police Station, the place he was tortured and killed. “Later, his physique was thrown on a canal bridge close to Nai Majra village in Nawanshahr and the speculation of the encounter was floated.”

Nonetheless, folks didn’t settle for the police concept. The incident rattled the Vidhan Sabha too. As per the Home proceedings, Communist leaders Satpal Dang and Dalip Singh Tapiala put the then authorities in dock.

Later, a fee headed by Justice VM Tarkunde termed the encounter pretend.

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