Former Punjab CM Parkash Badal
Former Punjab CM Parkash Badal

Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal was summoned by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday to appear before it on June 16 in the Kotkapura police firing case.

The SIT is to ascertain as to who gave the orders to open fire, whether the cops fired in self-defence and if standard operating procedure was followed. Parkash Singh Badal was Punjab's chief minister when police opened fire on protesters on October 14, 2015, killing two and injuring others.

The three-member SIT of Punjab Police is headed by additional director general of police (vigilance bureau) LK Yadav. Ludhiana police commissioner Rakesh Agrawal and Faridkot range DIG Surjit Singh are the other two members.

The new SIT started its investigation on May 13 and summoned people, which gave statements to previous investigation team, to appear before it.

The Punjab government had set up an SIT, headed by ADGP L K Yadav after the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the probe of an earlier SIT and gave a clean chit to the Badals.

Two persons were killed and many others were injured after the police under the previous SAD-BJP government resorted to unprovoked firing on hundreds of people protesting the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in Faridkot district in 2015.

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