Punjab news: The NIA Special Court, Mohali, on Wednesday framed charges against eight terrorists of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) for the killing of Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Shaurya Chakra awardee. The NIA had taken over the investigation into the murder case seven months ago.
Two motorcycle-borne unidentified assailants had shot dead Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu at his residence in Bhikhiwind in the border district of Tarn Taran on October 16, 2020.
Sandhu was shot dead around 7 am outside the school he ran within the premises of his residential complex. The assailants were waiting for him near the house and fired at a close range. Sandhu was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The CCTV footage of the crime had been recovered. The assailants, after committing the crime, had fled on a motorcycle.
A case was registered under Sections of the IPC and the Arms Act at the Bhikhiwind police station on the statement of his wife Jagdish Kaur.
During the peak of terrorism in Punjab, Sandhu and his family had fearlessly fought terrorists. For this fearless fight, the Government of India had honoured him with Shaurya Chakra in 1993.
Sandhu's wife Jagdish Kaur, his brother Ranjit Singh and his wife Balraj Kaur were also awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 1993 for their armed struggle against militancy in Punjab through the ’80s and early ’90s. The civilian family has been on the hit list of militants ever since.
During the initial investigation, it was revealed that the killing was executed under a conspiracy hatched by Pakistan-based Khalistani Terrorist Lakvir Singh Rode and his handlers in Pakistani intelligence agency, ISI, according to an NIA spokesperson.
The killing was executed through Sukhmeet Pal Singh of Gurdaspur, a gangster-turned -terrorist. The Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the NIA to take up the investigation.
- PTC News