Former state police “cat” Gurmeet Pinky has uploaded a video on YouTube alleging that he was witness to at least 50 fake encounters. His claim was refuted by former Director General of Police KPS Gill.
In his six-part video, Pinky has given graphic details of killings committed by senior police officers who rose many ranks via such acts.
He alleged he witnessed 50 such killings where the bodies were disposed of as unidentified. Pinky, who was an alleged terrorist-turned-police cat was referring to the unsolved mystery behind 2,300 unidentified bodies cremated during the days of terrorism.
Episode 1– In a tell-all confessional account, former Police Inspector, Gurmeet Singh Pinky, reveals the sordid tale of kidnappings and fake encounters during anti-militancy operations
Episode 2– the once blue-eyed boy of senior officers, reveals how a Professor of PAU, Ludhiana, Rajinderpal Singh Bulara was kidnapped and killed in a fake encounter. He also reveals the “cat and mouse” game of police “CATS” , Gurbachan singh saidpur a cat who help in many arrest and those arrested were killed.
Episode 3 – The controversial Police Inspector gives an eye-witness account of how a suspected militant was shot in a police station by a senior officer. Pinky also reveals alleged connivance between certain top-level officials and militants.
Episode 4 – Gurmeet Pinky throws fresh light on the elimination of four members of the family of a militant by a Nihang Chief allegedly on the asking of a senior officer who faced a dastardly militant attack. He also reveals the custodial death due to torture of a suspect in a Police station in Chandigarh. None of these actions were inquired into.
Episode 5 – The “killer cop”, Gurmeet Singh Pinky narrates how not only were some top militants caught and eliminated but even petty criminals were killed for money in “encounters”.
Episode 6 – claims that “secret funds” were being misused to defend cops facing criminal charges and pay off convicted cops and their families. The concluding episode also carries a “Secret” communication from IB Special Director to Punjab DGP, which gives out the unwritten “policy” in operation in Punjab during militancy
Pinky has also named a top police officer, who is still in service, of having received Rs 50 lakh through a middleman for reinstating him in May this year as Head Constable after he was released from jail. He was convicted of murdering Ludhiana youth Avtar Singh Gola.
The government and the state police have so far not reacted to Pinky’s claims.
KPS Gill, who was at the helm of state police at the time of the alleged killings, mainly in Ludhiana, has dismissed the claims. “There was no police cat. There were no fake encounters,” he said.
Pinky, meanwhile, has alleged threat to his life. “I have put things on record. My life is under threat. During the days of terrorism, I followed the orders of senior officers.
My role was limited to nabbing terrorists or trapping them. I have not killed anyone. I can’t be held responsible for what was done by the seniors.”
Human rights activist Navkiran Singh who is fighting several cases of fake encounters has sought a CBI inquiry into Pinky’s revelations.
“The man was a police ‘cat’. He knows much and he has come on record which should be noted. A probe should be ordered on his revelations. It concerns the death of many innocent youths. Their families deserve answers and the truth,” he said.