SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal summoned in connection with Kotkapura firing case

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday appeared before the Punjab Police’s special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2015 Kotkapura police firing. Badal was questioned for four hours by the SIT in the firing case when he was the deputy chief minister and held the home portfolio.

Sukhbir was questioned at Punjab Police Officers Institute, Sector 32, Chandigarh. Badal reached the Punjab Police officers Institute in Sector 32 close to 11 am.

Several senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, including Bikram Singh Majithia, Balwinder Singh Bhundar, N K Sharma and Daljit Singh Cheema, reached the Punjab Police Officers Institute in a show of support to Badal.

This development comes after Sukhbir's father, Parkash Singh Badal, former CM of Punjab was questioned four days ago on June 22 at his official MLA resident in Sector 4, Chandigarh in connection with the 2015 Kotakpura firing case.

The SIT had earlier summoned Badal for questioning at a rest house in Mohali on June 16, but he requested to put off the date of his appearance, citing ill-health and old age. The date of the questioning was rescheduled and it was decided that the SIT will question the five-time Punjab chief minister at his official MLA flat in Chandigarh.

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.

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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