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The Last Killing

Kehar Singh

One main thing the police did while committing false encounters is that they would change the clothing of the individuals. They would change the individual’s clothing and shoot his face in order to make the individual unidentifiable.

— Satwant Singh Manak

Kehar Singh was a farmer and 25 years old when the police killed him. Police took him into custody and tortured him once prior to the detention leading to his killing.

Sometime in October or November 1991, uniformed Punjab policemen from Mehna beat Kehar Singh and took him into custody from a bus station in Moga. Two other individuals were taken into custody with Kehar Singh. They are identified as Bahal Singh, son of Hari Singh and a resident of village Padhri in Firozpur district; and Gurmukh Singh, a resident of village Langiana in Moga district. Police presented Kehar Singh before a judge or magistrate throughout this detention period and he was sent back to detention.

In October or November 1991, Punjab policemen from Moga executed Kehar Singh near the kiln in village Kokri Kalan. According to Manak, police also executed Gurmukh Singh and Bahal Singh at the same time. Manak implicates SI Baldev Singh, Head Constable Gurdev Singh, and DSP Bachan Singh Randhawa in the killing of both men.