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Relatives of fake encounter victims demand justice

Relatives of fake encounter victims took out a candle light march in Amritsar on Thursday evening, demanding justice.

Amritsar (Punjab), May 11 : Relatives of fake encounter victims took out a candle light march in Amritsar on Thursday evening, demanding justice.

"Those who killed my son, should be killed the same way as well. They should be awarded maximum punishment. This is what we want. The victims had small kids who have been orphaned," said Jagjit Singh, father of Sukhpal, who was killed in a police encounter in 1994.

The march was held under the banner of the Ex-Servicemen Human Rights Front (EHRF) to draw attention to staged killings in other states as well.

"We are paying homage to those youth who died in fake encounters. They were voiceless, innocent people who police killed not only in Punjab, but also in Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, rest of the northeast and across the nation. We want to raise our voices against this, if we do not unite, it will be too late and fake killings will continue," said Colonel G.S. Sandhu, Chairman of EHRF.

Nearly 3,000 people, including civilians, militants and policemen were killed in encounters during a decade of Sikh separatist movement, which was at its peak in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Protests against staged killings by police and security forces have come to the fore across India after Gujarat recently admitted to such a crime in the Supreme Court.

ANI

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