Ajit Poohla’s Death and
the Indian State’s Terror on Punjab’s Land
By Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana
Network assisted and projected hero Jaswinder Singh alias “good
fighter” alias Nihang (Baba) Ajit Singh Poohla, accused of
heinous crimes - murder, drug trafficking and land grab - Ajit
Singh Poohla was "a patriot and nationalist" to former Punjab DG
KPS Gill. Such was the clout enjoyed by this former police cat
Nihang – who was set ablaze at the high-security Central Jail,
and died in PGI, Chandigarh on August 29, 2008.
the responsibility for the death of Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla
“His misdeeds and misadventures” must be seen and linked to “The
Indian state’s terror on Punjab’s land” and “human rights abuses
include abuse of Sikh religion in Punjab and elsewhere” as his
gang especially his name was synonymous with State terrorism. Is
it not a rare coincidence, Phoola and his armed brigade raided
the house of Jattana in the wee hours of August 29 , 1991, and
burnt alive four women, named Jasmer Kaur (grandmother), Dawarki
Kaur, Manpreet Kaur (a class VII student) and Harsimranjit Kaur,
a six-year-old handicapped girl. After 17 years, Poohla
succumbed to burn injuries on the same day i.e. August 29?
Poohla was involved in illegal occupation of a gurdwara in
Sector 39 and growing poppy on the premises. He was thrown out
in 2005, after 15 long years. It was not a stray incident. In
the last two decades, he has been accused of wresting control of
various historical gurdwaras across
Punjab - to
grow and sell poppy. Poohla enjoyed a high security cover of 42
official gunmen armed with 77 sophisticated weapons.
Nihang Ajit Singh Poohla also created fear psychosis in mind of
the Judges and courts. How he could do all this and at whose
instance? Was he always backed by politicians and secret
“Taruna Dal Chief creates ruckus in court-The Taruna Dal Nihang
Chief, Ajit Singh Puhla, created a ruckus in the district courts
yesterday and today (October
when he forcibly took his armed Nihangs into the complex despite
resistance by a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
According to sources, the alone CRPF jawan was pushed aside by
armed guards of the Baba and a gun was allegedly put on his
temple. They succeeded in reaching the threshold of the court of
the judge concerned.
The immediate cause of provocation is learnt to be issuance of
warrants of Baba directing him to appear in the court as a
prosecution witness, in the infamous Kanwar Singh Dhami case.
It is learnt that the Baba used abusive language against the
judge outside the court premises ........ He later went to
"meet" the judge in his chamber. It is not known what transpired
The judge concerned immediately summoned a senior police officer
in the court and apprised him of the developments.
Despite the advance information to the local police about the
Baba’s second appearance today in the same court laxity in
security of the courts was apparent. The Baba along with his
armed men, though less in number on the second day, managed to
transgress into the court building.
The armed Nihangs today roamed freely in the courts complex with
their arms and even got the chamber of one of the lawyers
vacated for making room for themselves, it is learnt.
Interestingly, one of the Nihangs was also carrying a walkie
talkie wireless set in his hand.” -Poonam Batth; Indian Express
Friday October 20, 1995
“Threatening Calls: his 20 page order, Mr Justice Jhanji
revealed that no more than one occasion, attempts were made to
browbeat the court as "anonymous" callers threatened him on the
telephone asking him to wash his hands off the case. He said
that one caller even told him that he could be picked up and
thrown in a furnace like the three had been thrown along with
their car and scooter. "Their modus operandi thus, has been to
create fear psychosis," he has stated.
Bid to Misuse Law: The judge termed it yet another attempt to
misuse the process of law. Elaborating further, he said that on
one occasion, the then Advocate General,
Mr G.K. Chathrath, accompanied by an AIG of police, Mr S.
Chatopadhya, approached him while attending a division bench to
pass important information. The two met him in the chamber
saying that there was danger to his personal security.
On another occasion, a retinue of Nihangs (Nihang
Ajit Singh Poohla’s men) considered
close to Mr. Saini thronged the court room and had to be evicted
with the help of CRPF personnel. The same was brought to the
notice of the Chief Justice of the High Court. The most
sensational revelation of the year coming from the High Court
was that Mr. Justice V.K. Jhanji had been "threatened" and an
attempt was made to "blackmail" him. The reason cited by the
judge was that certain police officials of
Punjab wanted him to take off his hands from the case related to
mysterious disappearance of two Ludhiana based businessmen and
their driver. The matter was posted to Apex court”.....as
Is there any hope for fair probe in light of the network,
misadventures and the criminal
background of one of the most notorious Nihangs, Ajit
Singh Poohla by the high level
independent agency to do justice or would the probe be as a
futile rat and mouse race only?