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Gill refutes rights body allegations

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
October 19, 2007 23:13 IST
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K P S Gill, former director general of Punjab police, has refuted allegations against him in a 125-page human rights report in which he was accused of personally questioning human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra.


Khalra was allegedly abducted and murdered in October 1995 by government officials after being held in illegal detention for almost two months in Punjab.


Speaking to, Gill said that Ensaaf, the human rights organisation, had been fabricating reports against Punjab police officers, who fought militancy and brought back the state to normalcy in the then bloodshed days.


"The charges against me are one thousand percent frivolous. They are totally baseless. In last 15 years, they brought such charges against me and other officers, but none of them could be proved," Gill said.


Gill alleged that Ensaaf was a non-governmental organisation "which backs terrorists".


Officers, who worked with the former 'super cop', said the antecedents of  such organisations need to be established.


"Where were these human rights groups when we were fighting militancy? They brought a psychologist from the US to give independent report on Punjab disappearances. When he refused to toe their line, he was dropped like a hot potato," said a DIG rank officer who had been attacked in Anantnag in Srinagar twice before he was shifted to Punjab.

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