(DSU News Bureau) The new Punjabi film ‘Gaddar’ starring Harbhajan Mann is based on exposing the extra-judicial killings of Ajit Sandhu. Ajit Sandhu was involved in numbers of killings during militancy days in Punjab.
Ajit Sandhu was involved in the 2 high profile killings of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s kin and human rights activist Sardar Jaswant Singh Khalra.
The fearless film maker Amitoj Mann who made film Hawayein has once again endeavored to highlight the extra-judicial killings on behalf of police officers.
Harbhajan Mann’s character is used to highlight countless stories which occurred in real life. The trailer of the film has received a tremendous response and the release of the film is much anticipated.
Ajit Sandhu killed scores of innocent civilians and later committed suicide by jumping in front of a train.
One of the victims of Sandhu was a kin of martyr Bhagat Singh’s sister Amar Kaur, who unsuccessfully fought for justice for over two decades.
Amar Kaur’s son-in-law Kuljit Singh Dhatt was allegedly eliminated by police officials, including Sandhu.
Dhatt was eliminated by Hoshiarpur police in 1989 where Sandhu was DSP and police had claimed that Dhatt had escaped from their custody, when he was taken for recovery of items near Beas river.
An FIR was registered in the case in 1996 even as a judicial enquiry had held Sandhu and other police officers guilty in 1993.
All this happened after Dhatt’s family moved Supreme Court.
Sandhu was arrested in the case in 1996 and remained in jail after his anticipatory bail was rejected by the court. Soon after his release on bail, he committed suicide but Dhatt’s case remained caught in legal wrangling till 2001.
In the case of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who was also allegedly killed by Sandhu, apart from Khalra’s wife Paramjit Kaur, other witnesses were also implicated in false cases, he said.
“For a decade, when we were pursuing the case in various courts till 2005, all crucial witnesses were implicated. One witness Kulwant was implicated in an NDPS case. Another witness Kirpal Singh Randhawa was implicated in a false rape case, only to be acquitted later,” said Khalra’s nephew Harmandeep Singh Sarhali.